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.

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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. Prior to this video, I was at the place of getting back to my pre-pregnancy weight. Now, I’m at the place of wanting to have the energy to play with my daughter, lovingly maintain my home and be present! Such a different perspective.

  2. Today my mindset was eat to lose weight and feel worthy.
    Tomorrow it will be to feel empowered to take the best care of ME and my baby!

  3. I went from “I have to loose weight and I need those clothes and style in order to feel good, worthy, sexy and whole.” to “I want to feel alive, freed and blessed* so I can fulfill GOD’S will. I want to embody HOLINESS to bless all my brothers. Amen.”

    * Just found out my Core Desired Feelings from Danielle LaPorte’s Desire Map which was a truly inspiring and insightful process! They are feeling alive/excited, freed/at peace and blessed/thankful. Everything’s just falling into place. Thanks for your video, Gabby!

    Satnam

  4. I would like to reduce my alcohol intake so that I don’t get the low moods the next day and can feel more balanced and happy after the evenings I do drink alcohol. I actually rarely drink the amount that makes me feel depressed the next day & yet I feel a strong resistance when writing this! I also can get cravings for more the next day which are very unpleasant.
    Soo… my reframe for cutting down is to bring greater joy & balance into my life & reduce negative, painful moods in my life.

  5. Light bulb moment. Amazing way of changing ones perspective.
    I’m moving from a place of beating myself up for food choices, training at the gym daily to the point of exhaustion and injury and negative body image as a result of watching this.
    Thank you

  6. It’s not about vanity, it’s about vitality. PAK!!! Right on!

    I wanna be off sugar too and i needed to hear this. Thank you so much!

  7. I recently released caffeine from my diet. I have been slowly releasing different substances as well as behavior and thought patterns over the years that I know are no longer serving me. I had a realization with this one (first coffee and then daily caffeine consumption) how true it is that with everything I can identify as holding me back from my highest self and then release, something so spectacular enters my life that totally levels up my experience. For example, since I released caffeine, I have taken on m first private yoga client and have entered into a relationship with a man who is beyond all my manifestations. I think this is because when I am doing things that are out of alignment with my highest self, its really hard to embody her. Looking forward to continuing to identify these substances as well as thought and behavior patterns that are holding me back to watch the glory of this magical life continue to unfold. Thank you Gabby for being such a fundamental part of my journey! Namasteez baby <3

  8. Nice video Gabrielle!
    I really agree with you that if you focus more on vitality than vanity you’ll stick to your goals more. Not saying it’s a bad thing caring about how you look! Because that can be very important for people too. I feel this way because all through my teenage years I hated my thighs and always wanted to exercise and eat less to get those lovely shapely lean thighs. No matter how much I wanted it I would always give up on my exercise and nutrition plan within a week or two. Now that I’m a little older and that I accept myself more I focus more on the way I feel on the inside, my energy levels, and treating my body as I would the earth, not like a garbage can! I found that by taking that mindset instead of obsessing with how I looked I became a lot happier and I don’t have a problem with my thighs any more! Love and peace within yourself is number one, then everything else follows.

  9. I want to feel calm, vital and strong everyday. I want to eat from a place of loving my body and myself.

  10. My short-term goal was to lose weight for a music festival coming up in a few weeks and obviously with summer right around the corner! I’m trying to look my best in a bikini. However, I know I need to focus on my long-term goals… which is directed, like you advised, towards how I feel. I eat so well during the week and then end up bingeing on the weekend because of my emotions and stress. Usually the trigger to binge comes from looking in the mirror, finding a “negative” aspect about myself (I put negative in quotation marks because it’s very selective based on my mood or if I’m bloated or whatever the case). My trigger also can stem from being stressed at work, thinking negatively about certain situations or about myself, then I find myself giving into temptation… I know eating junk food won’t resolve a thing! I found your instagram account yesterday and am already excited about all the positive quotes and phrases to think about… I’m excited to try being more positive about, well everying! And I think that with a positive attitude in life, I won’t seek out the sugary, fatty, greasy, salty food for a “short term high”! Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. i want my body to have the strength to carry me into all the (modest) adventures i have planned for myself. right now, it doesn’t. it is a daily struggle. i will support my body with healthy, beautiful foods. i will take my body to beautiful places and have a smile on my face. my body and i will become strong & healthy with great food choices!!!!

  12. Great post Gabby! On an unrelated note: I have been staring at Miracles now since the beginning of April. How would you suggest one would read the book ? Is it a book that is meant to read all at once or to take one lesson a day ??

    Thanks so much for all you do. Xoxo.

  13. I want to break the chain of diabetes and heart disease in my family through a more mindful, wholesome, and nourishing approach to food. Only with an ongoing and holistic approach will my (future) children not have to list any past family history as risk factors to their health.

  14. Hi Gabby,
    I am on Day 2 of no sugar. I embarked on this journey because my masters program starts in 2 weeks. My desire is to gain the energy and focus required for this journey. Losing some weight would just be a bonus. Thank you for your words of wisdom. Your timing couldn’t have been any better.
    Love, Tina

  15. Having just returned home from a work function, feeling sick to my stomach from crappy food I ate this video could not have come at a better time. Tomorrow is a new day & I will look at vitality as my number one priority.

  16. I’ve struggled with my weight my entire life, I’m about 75 lbs overweight and at 45, I’m beginning to wonder if I’ll ever be able to stop overheating. But I don’t feel well and I know I’m just numbing myself with the food. I won’t give up on myself! This is just so hard! I try to take it one step at a time, but I just don’t know what to do.

    i need to do this to feel better, for my family, work and myself. I can’t practice yoga at this weight and I miss it horribly. Thank you for sharing Gabby, Sat Nam ????

  17. I have finally gotten into the place (well, it comes and goes..) of realising that eating for healing is more important than eating for my skinny jeans. My body is ravaged with the ramifications of previous distorted eating, and “I am only beautiful when I fit into/am size etc” has become “It is beautiful that I eat to heal myself, and know my body”.

    Getting there, day by day, prayer by prayer.

    I wrote about my experience here: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-8803/yes-im-eating-meat-to-cure-my-chronic-illness.html

  18. Right on! I have been thriving so, since honing in on how a food makes me feel and deriving my choices from there. I started blogging this experience because its been so inspiring living this way… the shrinking jeans are the bonus not the focus.

  19. This is a topic that has plagued my over 10 years .. .and your timing could not be more perfect as i was literally having this exact same conversation with a friend of mine as we walked to lunch yesterday. I was saying that whenever i stopped caring about the outcome of what my body looked like are the times i have always been the most confident in my body. But as soon as i start to get on that confidence high, fear takes over and i start to eat more than i should for no reason and i go back to feeling disgusted in my skin.
    I recently gave up dairy a few months back. I noticed an immediate change in how i felt and looked. But recently i have found myself “falling off the wagon” so to speak in that i have been eating some dairy and eating food that i know does not serve my greatest health. I am choosing now to reframe my mind in that i just want to feel confident in my body because that confidence will exude out into the world so that i can speak to my highest truth.

    1. I hear you…on the dairy and on falling off thr wagon. I reframed my “falling off the wagon” experiences. Now, I “consider it contrast” to how I want to feel, and use that clear contrast to propel myself back to good. This contrast reminds me of the benefits of sustaining, which empowers me not to fall of the wagon in the future (as often, at least!)
      I wrote about it in one of my first posts on findingthefeeling.com. Your comment sounded very similar to my experiences.

  20. For me it comes down to asking myself every time I eat:
    “How can I be more loving towards myself in this moment?”
    I am approaching my eating habits with the focus of:
    “What can I add into my diet that will make me feel more vital and light?”, Instead of:
    “What do I have to force myself to quit?”.
    By switching the focus to adding instead of cutting off, it has helped me to naturally seek healthier options.
    The more I can treat myself without judgement, the easier it is to eat healthier. My focus is now in accepting and forgiving myself and even my own judgement (when I don’t eat healthy), so I can move easier into loving actions. No more “fighting” myself, just loving all of it.
    Thanks for this space to share and grow!

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