How to Change Your Diet So That You Have Fun and Feel Good!

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Note: This post was updated in 2018 for clarity and additional resources.

Many people struggle with their eating habits in some way. It’s easy for us to get stuck in the pattern of making poor food choices.

In the video below I share a simple suggestion for shifting your energy around food. When you do this, you can change your diet in a healthy way so that you have fun and feel good!

Watch below or keep reading for a breakdown of my tip.

How to change your diet with ease

Whether you want to lose weight, improve your health or just feel better, this tip will help you change your diet in a sustainable way.

When we’re changing our diet in some way, it can come with a lot of fear, anxiety and even dread. I want to suggest a new way of looking at your diet and thinking about personal health.

Reframe your desire

So often we want to change our diet for vanity reasons. We want to look a certain way, fit into an old pair of jeans or clear up our skin.

It’s totally fine if you want to change your diet because you want to feel better about the way you look in some way. But that is not likely to sustain the change. So I suggest tapping into a deeper desire.

Recently I have given up sugar. This was no easy thing for me. Even though it was not a huge staple in my diet, I was so surprised to realize how frequently sugar shows up. It’s in sauces, in packaged foods, even in the raw chocolate that I ate every night.

It’s definitely not all desserts, though. Check out some awesome sugar-free recipes here.

In my case, I was deeply committed to feeling better. My decision to give up sugar wasn’t about vanity. It was about vitality. Framing it in this way and really finding the deeper purpose is what helped me not get brought down by realizing how many foods I’d be giving up as a result. And it has allowed for long-lasting change.

I’ve been off sugar for several months now, and it’s actually become very easy. That’s only because I really want it. I’m focused not how I look, but on how I feel.

Answer this question in your journal: How do I want to feel?

Whatever your goal or plan is with changing your diet, this is the most important question:

“How do I want to feel?”

You can open your journal and write out the answer to that question.

Here are a few more that you may want to answer:

  • What is going to happen in my life?
  • How will changing my diet help me serve in a greater way?
  • How will changing my diet give me more energy to for my family, friends or personal life?
  • How will changing my diet allow me to bring more focus to my work?

Reframe that intention. Instead of asking yourself, “How can I get into those jeans in the next two weeks?” to “How great can I feel so I can be of higher service?”

Focusing on how you want to feel will give you far more energy and far more stamina to stay committed to your goals and have fun!

How are you reframing your desires?

I want to see how you’re reframing your desires! Let me know in the comments below what your old desire was and what your new desire is based on how you want to feel, serve and affect the world.

Today, I want to be off sugar so that I can have more vitality, more power, more strength and more presence to bring more to the world and fulfill my purpose.

That’s my reframe. When we reframe, it keeps us on our path and makes changing our diet fun and empowering.

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  1. Dear Gabby,

    i am on a vegan diet for almost 4 years now. Last week I´ve found out that I am pregnant. It is my first pregnancy! 🙂
    I have a MD and a gynecologist here in Germany that both generally support my vegan diet during pregnancy with suplements (Vitamins) intake.
    However, I would like to ask You: are You on a vegan sugar-free diet also during Your pregnancy and can You share some experience in that concern?

    Thank You very much.

    1. Congratulations! I highly recommend continuing to coordinate with your trusted doctor. I stay away from sugar and am not a vegan. Do what works best for you and your body, always consulting with your doctors. XOX

  2. My goal is to have a healthier body to be able to have a baby and start my family 🙂 Give life to a little person at the same time as I give a healthier life to me.

  3. My goal has changed from, ‘I must maintain my figure to keep being loved by those around me’ into ‘I want to maintain my health and vitality for myself on the inside, no matter what others think of me on the outside’

  4. I have always struggled with my weight and around 2005 I was really doing well with living healthier just because it felt right. Well, after a failed marriage, second child, losing my home and being diagnosed with MS I have fallen back into some bad eating habits and am about 30 pounds over weight. Of course I would love to fit into ANY pair of old jeans that I have, but am also want to my eating habits to be a small but significant part of a total life style change. I believe I can reverse my medical issues and live longer and stronger for my children if I make these changes. It’s hasn’t been easy so thank you for sharing what has helped you! I’m inspired by so many of my social media and Web relationships and I am truly grateful 😉

  5. My biggest shift happened when I did an exercise to determine the core values in life, about 5 years ago. I realized that my number one value was health, yet I was only focusing on losing weight (using very wrong methods). I used to smoke, drink lots of coffee, didn’t exercise. My lifestyle didn’t reflect my inner values at all.
    But after doing that exercise something changed inside of me. I quit smoking and drinking alcohol. Completely changed my diet, lifestyle and career! Now I share this knowledge with other people. If anyone wants to do the same exercise, it’s in my ebook, which I give for free.

  6. Wonderful blog! I found it while browsing on Yahoo News.
    Do you have any suggestions on how to get listed in Yahoo News?
    I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there!
    Appreciate it

  7. My re-frame helped me get on a fully plant-based diet. I was into health and nutrition and new all of the benefits of a plant-based diet, but could not get myself past vegetarianism with a few cheats here and there. It wasn’t until I learned about the inhumane treatment of animals that I immediately went cold turkey and never ate animal products again! I always looked at it as a “trigger.” For many people, health and vitality is the trigger that gets them to go and stay plant-based, but for me, the trigger was an ethical one and the result–peace with my plate! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing Gabby!

  8. My main goal was definitely my appearance and how I wanted my body to look, which is great! But maybe a more definite way of getting there would be to decide that I want to lose the weight and feel vibrantly healthy so that I can feel strong and fit to dance, energetic enough to deal with late night rehearsals, healthy enough to deal with stress of a performer. The ability to bounce back and keep sharing my gifts with the world. This is what I desire most to act, dance and sing share with the world what god has gifted me with and bring the world and the people of it the joy, expansion and entertainement. My goal is to be vibrantly healthy, radient, strong, flexable, fit enough to be a wildly succsessful dancer, singer and actor so that I can give my very best to the world, live my purpose and serve love. 🙂 xxx

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