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I write a new blog almost daily! Feel free to comment, share, and connect with me! I love hearing from my readers!
If you wouldn’t be saying it during one season, why are you justifying the potentially self-sabotaging behavior in another season?
I think many people tend to justify the behavior of over eating in a bulk because the impact feels a lot less than the impact of dieting down and missing meals which can leave you even more hungry
My point with this post though is to paint the picture that the justification for one (regardless of which one in all honesty) should act as a warning sign to something else going on
Maybe there’s a feeling of “being so far out” or an ongoing habit of breaking the commitments you make to yourself so it becomes a “eh it doesn’t really matter” or even the possibility of knowing you’re going to cut eventually which signals you to wanna act like it’s hibernation mode
In reality, you have to be prepared to separate yourself from these thoughts when they come up so you can objectively understand where they’re coming from
Sometimes it is genuine or for good reason but day after day, week after week, continuously straying from adherence absolutely will add up
Even if it doesn’t have a physical impact like excessive fat gain or fat loss, there is an undeniable mental impact that will occur
The more you reinforce the “it’s okay to go off plan” or “it doesn’t really matter bc xyz” or “ill make up for it with abc” the more often you’ll be okay with that
This is one of the reasons why it is SOO important to set intentions for your improvement seasons and for preps so the boundaries are clear with yourself
Identify what you’re really looking for when you start to excuse yourself for crossing your own boundaries or ignoring your commitments to yourself and your goals
Find the deeper meaning behind your reasoning with objective curiosity & external support or guidance
If this is an ongoing issue then it’s likely going to become a stronger and stronger habit/pathway making it all the more potentially difficult to work through later
Be proactive with expectations/intentions & boundaries
& Get ahead of it through conscious awareness of your own behaviors
Need 🧠 support?
Visit: www.celestial.fit/ondemand for mindset coaching at your fingertips
Before starting this program Natalia was struggling with emotional eating and self identity after doing a bikini competition.
One side of her wanted to go off plan, eat with loved ones, and not care about macros or calories anymore while the other side of her wanted to stay on point with her plan.
Working in the program she was able to realize what was important to her, how she could enjoy the best of both worlds, and ways she could further align with her ideal self.
She was done with feeling guilty and ashamed of her choices and found that during and after this program she was able to identity where the desire to go off plan was coming from and how she could combat the urge to self-sabotage without completely restricting herself from enjoying time with loved ones.
She shares how she felt about her experience in my food relationship program and how beneficial it was for her to come to terms with her true desires and needs as it pertains to this lifestyle so she could start seeing even greater success with peace of mind.
Natalia says it was not just about improving her relationship with food but also with herself which was huge for her and hopes others feel inspired to take the leap of faith to find this peace for themselves too :)
To learn more about the program and how we can work together please visit: www.celestial.fit/foodfreedom
What does food freedom mean to you?
Sometimes my diet is a strict meal plan & weighing everything or some macro swaps or intuition or a strategic manipulation of intake or daily chocolate supplementation or intuitive meals or indulgent experiences
But to me, food freedom is not about what diet you are or are not on or what you do or do not eat or what cultural or social movement you do or do not subscribe to
It is about making choices that feel best to you, align you with your goals & needs on every level, and feeling empowered with peace of mind regardless
Food freedom is not found in the freedom to eat any & all foods but rather the freedom of being at peace with the foods you choose to eat
•Enjoyment & intention
•Peace of mind & a free spirit
•Conscious commitment to goals & experiences
•Consideration for tastes, textures, & the nutritional benefits every food can deliver
•A quiet mind & calm energy
To eat with enough attachment to enjoy & be mindful but also enough detachment so as to not obsess over or diminish the experience
Eating is not just about fueling the body to me
It is about fueling the experiences, sensations, needs, energies, & life we choose to live
Food tastes so much better when we intend to honor, appreciate, & indulge in it for its richness & the many ways it contributes to our life & our goals & our human experience
I am so passionate about helping others develop a healthy relationship with food & I believe part of that comes with truly connecting with food
So I’ve decided to host a Virtual live event, Satiation through the Senses, where I will be guiding you through an intimate practice with food that will transform the way you see, think about, & enjoy food
I believe with this exercise you will indulge in a world where food is not just numbers or labels but rather a great medium for communication between your body & every essence of you
If you’d like to register for the online event please email me now saying “interested” & I’ll send you the specific details 🙂
Enjoying the food you eat is hands down 1 of the most important factors to longevity in bodybuilding
This doesn’t mean every meal or food has to be something extravagant but we can treat every meal extravagantly by connecting it to our needs & goals
I know, I know I’ve heard it all too:
*insert all the other thoughts, discussions, or should based mentalities infiltrating the industry for years to convince you to buy into one way or one community*
We can take the negative message OR We can choose to take from this that doing what’s best for you & what you enjoy really is the key to success in this sport
Look at your Olympians, look at the champs who have won consecutively, look at those who've stopped competing yet still live the lifestyle
CONSISTENCY & SELF-AWARENESS are 2 things they have in common
They’ve found what works for them, they enjoy it, they know what living the lifestyle means for them, & so they've been able to sustain it or they’ve been comfortable making changes so they could
Many of them have their own; approach, views, food beliefs, process for prep & improvement season, & mental outlook on the sport
Rather than questioning if you’re doing the “right” thing, focus on if you’re doing the sustainable thing
I personally had to shed many of my beliefs around “right” or “wrong” to reach the mental, emotional, & physical alignment I have now
When I am challenged by those old thoughts, I remind myself the judgement will exist everywhere but the verdict is in my hands & being influenced by external sources would deem me incompetent of creating my life sentence 😉
Do you feel me on this?
If you’re struggling to find the best way for you, or make peace with your needs for sustainability then check out my food relationship healing and discovery program here: www.celestial.fit/foodfreedom apply and then we can chat about what is going on for you or just contact me anytime, I am more than happy to see how I might be able to support you
Any of this feel familiar to you?
All I want to add to this infographic is that these are 3 of the most common ways I see my clients induce their own urges and sometimes the most common reasons they give into them
What’s crazy is these are also commonly accepted ‘best practices’ and ‘healthy mindsets’ within the fitness industry (NOT okay)
I read too many IG influencers or coaches posts telling their followers or clients to do these exact things—you know the ones
It is NOT healthy and as I’ve broken down in the graphic, can cause more harm than good
I’m reposting this because I feel it was time to reinforce the message and support you in creating a healthier relationship with food WHILE pursuing your goals!
If you’re struggling with your relationship with food & want to begin taking the steps to mend it but you don’t know where to start or just need support along the way
Let's work together to help you make peace with food through my Food Relationship Healing & Discovery Coaching program
Using my signature PTG process in my work with competitors, I combine psychology with personal development & mindfulness based practices to help you Build More than Just a Body
Every person I have worked with who has gone all in with me and truly trusted the process has come out with success and I have no doubt that it can help you too
Many of my clients come to me not really believing in or seeing the light but knowing they need to do something about it before it worsens and they usually come out of it feeling like a completely different person🥳
Click HERE to apply to and learn how my food relationship healing & discovery 1:1 coaching program can work for you!
I’ve had to unlearn more than I’ve had to learn when it comes to my relationship with food
On social media now we are exposed to so many different ways of arriving at a certain result which I believe can be both beneficial as well as detrimental to success in this sport
One person might say bro science is the only way to win & another person might say to track macros, never water cut, & leave all your favorite seasonings & sauces in your plan even up to the day of your show
I have done 6 shows with diff phases before, between, & after
I am a very disciplined person & can follow any meal plan to a T. In fact I don’t even take bites or licks or taste anything out of my plan on prep
But what I’ve come to learn over the many seasons I’ve had, is that when I allow myself & my body to choose what I want within my nutrition needs I sustain my progress much longer
I do not follow a macros approach nor do I follow a meal plan approach as I’ve decided to take those labels away
It’s so easy for us to say I do it this way & it is the only way to do it or for us to read from someone who looks a certain way or achieves a certain result & think that must be the end all be all
I have my own ways now & I’ve truly been able to maintain shape & commitment to the long-term vision because I found what works for me
If I only did what worked for everybody else I don’t believe I would've found the peace & JOY I have now in the process
One of my goals when working with competitors is to help them have the most fulfilling & successful preps & improvement seasons which can look different for everyone
What I might consider successful may not be doable or desirable to someone else
Rather than trying to fit into a label, honor your needs on a mental & physical level
Usually the process looks like this:
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Food is not the enemy. Your thoughts are, society's judgement is, the identity you pigeon hole yourself into is
Going out to eat used to be so hard for me
Only looking at the skinny menu, not wanting anyone to see me eating something “unhealthy” or not so “bodybuilder” like
or just eating past comfortable amounts of satiation to then feel guilt & shame & an overwhelming pull to “work it off” or restrict food the next day
When I look back on past experiences with food, I’m motivated because I never want anyone to go through the mental angst I did with it
Food shouldn’t cause anxiety, it is meant to provide energy and nourish our body & our experiences
If we overeat we remove enjoyment
If we undereat we remove nourishment
If we overthink we remove presence
What if we just ate according to our needs & goals without judgment or concern of others?
It can be a real challenge
I had to change the way I looked at food, thought about food, talked about food, & approached eating in general
I remember when I ordered off the regular menu for the first time
After always only bringing my food, asking for the chicken n veg, or just referring to the most macro friendly meal after scouring the nutrition facts online for hours
I realized I was more satiated & satisfied if I got the meal I genuinely wanted
This is not to say when you’re on prep or working toward a goal or learning about your body that you should let go of consideration for your goals or nutritional needs
This is to say that when you give yourself the opportunity, take it & treat it the same as any other eating decision
This is something I work with my clients of my Food Relationship Healing & Discovery 1:1 coaching program through
We get all foods on the same playing field, become crystal clear on the current habits & thoughts that are influencing negative or self-sabotaging behavior, & work toward creating YOUR ideal relationship with food to align w/ your goals
Not all clients come to me with the same goal, but they leave having achieved their goal if they commit to the process
To learn more, get inspired by testimonials, & apply visit WWW.CELESTIAL.FIT/FOODFREEDOM
Hunger is complex—like pretty much every individual human experience
But understanding it can help us to make it more tangible and place less pressure or judgment on ourselves when we experience it!
Sometimes knowing the reason for our hunger helps put us at ease and know we aren’t crazy👀
It’s important to note that the reasons shared in this info graphic are not the only possible answers nor are the examples the only possible way they can manifest
It’s also important to understand that hunger is not a bad thing
It’s a natural & necessary function of the human body that keeps us alive
But that’s also where things can get tricky (swipe to see what I mean)
In making this I wanted to keep it simple and relatable so as to help the most amount of people
But if you’re really looking to improve your relationship to food, the connection you have to your body’s needs and cues, as well as even gain a normal communication pattern back with your body
To learn about my Food Relationship Healing & Discovery 1:1 Coaching program or just visit www.celestial.fit/foodfreedom
BUILD MORE THAN JUST A BODY
Two through each image, save, and if it really hits home, share with someone else who might benefit!❤️💆🏻♀️👑🧠
Making Peace with Food & Your Body Does NOT Mean you have to Give Up Caring about your Food Choices or your Commitments to your Goals
I totally get that as a competitor & fitness enthusiast you don’t wanna give up your commitment to your goals
Good news is, you shouldn’t have to to make peace with food & your body
In fact, your current habits can provide great insight into the beliefs, thought patterns, & associations that can support you or be shifted
I love working with athletes to BUILD MORE THAN JUST A BODY because they’re usually committed to improving themselves
Plus, I‘m a competitor, so my ability to empathize & understand is NOT in resorting to “well just stop competing”
I‘ll always do my best to understand & support you where you’re at with consideration for your goals
My process is rooted in making peace; not for someone else or to my standards or to the definitions of other industries but for YOU
Nothing is more important to me than what you need in the moment I‘m connecting & communicating with you
There are key steps like; understanding through discovery, conscious commitment to awareness, mindful application, association/pattern shifting, & reinforcement—to name a few
But the implementation of these steps manifests differently for the individual clients I work with
It’s about you, your goals, experiences, & needs
I’m here to support you in getting there
You may see testimonials from my clients & think “omg I don’t wanna do that” & then see another one like “OMG I need that but what about that other one?”
I want to affirm to you that the end result may be peace for each client or an awareness of how to continuously commit to that peace but the application of my PTG process to get you to that end result is as unique as you are
So while the approaches might be scary or appear to be unconventional at times, my commitment is to understand your needs & goals & work w/ you in the most productive way
If you’re struggling with not eating to your plan, falling off track repeatedly, yo-yoing, non stop thinking about food, constant anxiety over your food choices, looking in the mirror in complete disgust longing to love your body, feeling like you’ll NEVER be the champion you dream of becoming...
Then visit my services page here to learn of the different ways we can work together: http://www.celestial.fit/work-with-me.html
Apply directly for my 1:1 Food Relationship Healing & Discovery Coaching Program Here: www.celestial.fit/foodfreedom
Let’s work through this together
You can go on trying to fight these battles within you on your own or even play the guessing game w/ your physique coach who isn’t as passionate about food relationships, self-affect related issues, or application of mindset, psychology, and self-development as they are about physique development
Let them help you with that
I wouldn’t ask to do your coach’s job—and I don’t expect them to do mine 😉
I’m ready for you, making champions is a team effort and I can’t wait to support you
From Overeating Oreos, Non-Stop Thinking About Food, and Disarray to Complete Freedom, Peace of Mind, Trust and Happiness; Arianna Share's Her Story
Before Arianna decided to transition from bikini to figure she took 18 months off to prepare. She hadn't realized the new level of demand she would need to place on her body and mind. When she entered figure, her diet was harder for her with more restrictive dieting and a more intense program to help her develop a leaner physique.
She had been struggling with her diet adherence for awhile and realized she had a problem when her eating got out of hand with binging all the time and nonstop thinking about food. She couldn't think about anything except for when her next meal would be, if she would be able to stay on track, and how she would make up for it if she didn't.
Arianna started feeling like a failure to herself, her coach, and her own expectations. One day she decided to reach out to me, after following me for a long time. She realized she needed help after trying a million things to work through this and saw my program as a last resort. Arianna even admits in this video that she didn't think the program would really help her and when she saw it she was skeptical.
Arianna never thought she would overcome her unhealthy relationship with food. Now she can stop eating when she is full, she has ended the restrictive mindset that would keep her stuck in, "tomorrow I will get back on plan so I have to eat everything now!!" which has allowed her to achieve her goal of eating something off plan without it turning into an all out binge fest. She used to not be able to have an oreo cookie without eating the whole pack. Now, with a healthier relationship with food she is able to even just have half an oreo.
Arianna talks about her experience working with me and the approach I take in digging for information, asking questions, and getting to the core of the situation, pulling out the details from my clients, like her, to analyze and put in perspective. Arianna shares how everything we did helped her to move forward because, rather than ignore the issue, we look it right in the face and deal with it.
She shares why she would recommend the program to anyone, regardless of their relationship with food, how many times they've competed, what level they're at in competing or how 'good' of a dieter they are.
Arianna expresses that things can come up throughout your life that causes your head to get caught up whether it is with food, or a negative body image causing you to stress about gaining weight, especially post show.
"She [Celeste] has helped me in more ways than I ever thought anybody could help me, i am at a point where i am really happy I'm not food obsessed if i want to eat something i eat it i still stick to my macros but in a healthy mindful way rather than an obsessive way and i highly recommend this to anyone...".
Arianna also talks about her fears going into quarantine or being home all day around food. She used to not be able to be at home on her days off. Now she can stay home all day without worrying about food at all. She talks about her current approach to nutrition and how this program has impacted her ability to go about her day without obsessing over food all day.
Instead of snacking all day, eating non-stop, "shoving as many things in a split second" she can now be happy, and at peace with food totally fine when home all day which she never thought was possible until it became her reality.
Ready to make the change in your relationship with food and find true peace of mind and freedom like Arianna has?
Click HERE to learn more about and apply for the Food Relationship Healing & Discovery Journal Program with 1:1 Coaching and Support every step of the way.