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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.
This slide was taken from the free workshop I hosted on Overcoming Mindless Eating—If you’d like the replay you can click here🙂
A key part of improving any relationship is awareness
I developed this self-awareness process to help you gain an understanding of your current relationship with food (as it can change with seasons, life changes, or ohh idk a pandemic)
Anyway, if you can answer these questions as though you are an observer of your experiences and thoughts rather than the experiencer of them, you’ll gain much more insight
Much like you might ask yourself “when do I usually go to the gym?” Or “when do I usually get on social media” we want the questions to come from a place of inquisition rather than interrogation
I recommend writing it down as it can make your thoughts and observations more tangible than them just swirling about in your head (this is why I’m a big believer in journaling)
Going through each of these can help you identify patterns, triggers, associations, and narratives
I really break it down in the workshop for you and show exactly where the answers from this process may come in handy
Have questions? Reach out
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I went very in depth and treated this as a workshop so I broke things down, gave action plans, went over scenarios, & gave lots of resources
Plus anyone who listens gets an exclusive offer at the end (just keeping it real and transparent with you that if you go to watch I will make a soft pitch at the end because I truly believe if you find the workshop helpful then we could do even greater, deeper, and amazing work together)
Let me know what you think🧠💆🏻♀️😌
PS... These are excellent questions to ask yourself even if you aren’t struggling because then you can have various times in your life to compare and contrast to if you ever do find yourself in a pickle
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I used to think food had to be seen as fuel in order to keep me from “over”-eating or indulging beyond what was “acceptable”
I thought if I subscribed to this belief that, then I would be safer & more “in control”
But it wasn’t until I allowed myself to experience food in my desired way that I got so much more “fuel” out of it
How can food be fuel for me if the things I need fueled go well beyond my physical function & health?
Those are important drivers in my decisions but I also felt I was giving up so much of what food brought me from a connection, enjoyment, & longevity stand point
I gave up celebrating because the food I deemed as “fuel” wasn’t usually associated with celebration
I’d hang by the veggie tray to ward off desires when everyone was grabbing their cake or cookies and then trying to convince myself I was “better” for it when in reality it made me worse because it meant going home to binge in private later or judging people I loved because I had wounds to heal
The cake would’ve been much healthier than the ego trip, veggie numbing, & binge behavior
Yet, so often we think the cure to this is to see “food as fuel” but I can’t stress that if that definition is full of limiting, restrictive, or even societal driven or fear based beliefs then it won’t help you long-term
A client of my Food Relationship Program reached out to me yesterday with a huge win!
She realized that when she was present with the food she ate, & experiencing every aspect of it, (like the interaction with senses), she was more satisfied than just eating to eat for fuel or trying to volume eat to stay full & hopefully not eat more
What we think about food has just as big an impact on our health as the food itself
It can bring us a feeling of connection to our community, culture, celebrations, other people
It can give us the opportunity to develop strong communication patterns between brain & body so we can truly feed ourselves what’s best for us, not just what’s in a plan or promoted by others
It can be an experience that goes beyond “fuel” for the body
What other ways does food nourish you? How might you see food differently w/ a holistic lens?
If you have been on social media lately I am sure there have been all sorts of videos from friends, family, celebrities, and influencers showing their toddler's fighting the urge to eat the candy, fruit snacks, or whatever other yummy 'treat' has been placed in front of them to wait to eat until the adult comes back in the room.
When I first saw a video of this I thought 'Oh my gosh this is so cute' and I laughed at a LOT of them
But there was also the psychology and food relationship mentor side of me that had a bit of a maniacle laugh in the background, 'muahaha if this doesn't teach them that restriction leads to fixation then nothing can!!!'
For a society that literally lives in dieter mentality I thought this challenge was exactly what everyone needed to see
When we restrict food intake, of any kind, especially from a place of 'I can't' or 'I am not allowed to' our brain is like 'hi, yes, excuse me I am gunna need to get me some of that, thanks!!!!'
This happens because of scarcity
Scarcity and restriction based mindsets increase fixation which increases the urge or desire for whatever is lacking
Of course, no fault to you
Just your brain lookin out for you
Kinda like how in COVID lockdown suddenly everyone needed toilet paper (especially when it was disappearing rapidly), all people could think about was the next time they could go to the gym (and many who have went so hard their first couple days back that they ran out of steam already--due to the restriction), or when they'd be able to travel, dine in, see a movie, perform, etc
It all works the same way
All you have to remember is: RFB
When the parent tells the kid to wait to eat the candy (that is already seen as forbidden fruit for most of these kids anyways). When you go on a diet that says NO to this and that (for negative & silly reasons especially) or when you can't have something for awhile because you forgot to pack it or you have fasted bloodwork coming up; it can show up in a lot of ways.
Parent has left and the candy is all the child can think about because it is the one thing the kid can't have right now. The toddler could go play with toys, ask to go with the parents, or walk away. But it isn't so simple because the restrictive mentality has already been created and amplified by the consistent reminder to the child to wait, wait, wait or you cannot have this until___ you cannot have this. Sound familiar yet?
Waiting is unbearable, restriction has reached max capacity for fixation trigger, child consumes candy before parents come in OR child waited for parent so long that the moment they see their parent's big toe enter the room or hear them say 'Okay you can eat it now' or 'good girl' they then dive head first into the food with no concern about how much they eat or the pace they eat it or how deeply they enjoy it but now it is just EAT THE FOOD because they can now. Now, I am using the word 'binge' to express an intense splurge and it pretty much can apply to anything (like the toilet paper or gym example I used earlier)
I encourage you to go watch one of these videos, listen to the words the parents use, pay attention to how the children respond, and take note of their surrounding environment. Be an observer of how the child's desire intensifies and watch what happens when they decide to dive in. It no longer is about the candy, as much as it is about having it
The same thing is happening all over the world with people dieting or just living in a constant state of dieter's mentality. It could be happening to you even.
If you don't want to get caught up in this cycle any longer, ask yourself what can I learn from the toddler challenge and apply to my approach to food?
If you don't want to play the guessing game and jump through hoops yourself then Apply for my Food Relationship Healing & Discovery 1:1 Coaching Program which gives you what you need through my PTG process and individual approach to your relationship with food.
It is not a diet or nutrition program. This is strictly about the brain business. And NO you don't have to give up a diet or nutrition protocol or macros to overcome any of this believe it or not. You can absolutely move through this if you are open to consciously committing to your mindset, behaviors, & choices with food every day. It is about digging deep, rewiring neural pathways, unlearning A LOT of conditioning, enforcing new standards/expectations, and being willing to address exactly what is holding you back from true peace with food
To learn more and apply now visit: www.celestial.fit/foodfreedom
Making peace with food & my body gives me more space in my mind to be present with the people I love, cherish, & serve
When I say BUILD MORE THAN JUST A BODY it’s because I’ve been able to create a life of more joy, freedom, impact, & love because I have created those things within me
I don’t spend every moment stressing over what I will eat, what is in the food, or how much I should allow
I don’t stress about my body in a swimsuit or the way I’m looking next to a friend or family member or in the eyes of my boyfriend
I don’t find myself in a constant flurry of missing out on the moment because I’m too focused on every calculation or every decision or possible judgment
When I chose to heal my relationship with food, my body, & my goals
It wasn’t just so I could be healthier mentally or be an even better competitor or trust myself more or develop a deeper meaning for the choices I make
It was also so I could truly LIVE
I don’t want a life where I’m overwhelmed with guilt, anxiety, shame, fear, self-judgment, limiting beliefs, or constant thoughts of shoulds, musts, & perceived “needs” to fit molds of “good enough” within identities I have chosen
I had to “unlearn” many things
I had to choose many new beliefs & behaviors
I had to challenge perceptions & identities
But committing to my peace of mind goes so so so much deeper than me just being at more peace around food in any situation or being comfortable with the things I do (or don't) choose to eat, or the way I felt in my body around others, or how I thrived as a competitor & will continue to for years to come because of my mindset
The relationship I have with my body & with food shows up in every relationship of my life
If that‘s not all the more reason to consciously commit to it everyday, then I don’t know what is
You deserve to have peace with food, your body, & your goals so you can have presence in every other area of your life
I’m here to help you do that
To learn how we can work together & put your mind at ease so you can finally just BE visit the: WORK WITH ME PAGE
PS I can’t even imagine the moments I must have missed in the past because of my nagging, obsessive, and negative emotion ridden thoughts; I know there were many 'snap out of it' moments that I couldn't seem to pul myself out of. So now that I can and have, I do my best to maximize these moments ❤️🙌🏻💆🏻♀️