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Trust: Step 3 in Finding Food Freedom

When you trust yourself, anything is possible. This is where you find freedom. 

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Trust is the third and final phase of creating food freedom because we have to do steps 1 and 2 to build the foundational tools for trusting. And while I call it the “third and final phase,” trust is truly an ongoing process that is more like a dance than a destination. 

What is trust?

If you ask Merriam-Webster, you’ll get: "Assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something,” or “One in which confidence is placed.”

I kinda love these definitions, and in this case, the trust is in YOU - your decisions, your body, your intuition.

Trust is what you build when you tune into the choices you make, pay attention to the outcomes, allow them to guide your process forward, and remain kind and compassionate with yourself regardless of how choices turn out.

What does it look like?

In relation to food freedom, trust is believing that:

  • Your body knows what it needs for fuel
  • No single decision can make or break your success
  • No matter what, you have your own back

Trust is removing judgement. Letting go of the belief that foods/decisions/outcomes are:

  • “Good” or “bad”
  • “Right” or “wrong”
  • “Healthy” or “cheat”

Trust is both knowing that you can manage your emotional well-being and being willing to do so without needing to suppress emotions with food or any other quick-relief strategy (alcohol, social media, shopping, etc.).

Building trust

Trust is not built overnight. It is an ongoing process that will allow you to get to know yourself on a deeper and deeper level; and it is a result of going through the other steps to finding food freedom.

That said, here are a few of the key things you can do to build a stronger sense of trust:

  • Challenge your beliefs - try on new thoughts and really tune into how your thoughts drive your experience.
  • Make decisions and then have your own back. Be willing to feel the emotions that comes from any outcomes.
  • Pay attention to what feels aligned and right for you and what doesn’t and choose things that feel good more often!
  • Say nice things to yourself no matter what.
  • Ask yourself, “what do I want?” and then honor that whenever possible.
  • Listen to your body - ask it what it needs and then choose that when you can.

Here is the most beautiful thing about creating trust in yourself through the process of healing your relationship with food: You get to take that trust everywhere you go: business, home, community. Every decision becomes more exciting when you have the gift of trust.

Affirmations for building trust

Affirmations can help you embed trust in your subconscious brain. I like to place my hand on my heart when I say my affirmations. It helps me feel more connected to myself.

Here are a few to try:

  • My body knows what it needs and I am willing and able to listen.
  • It is safe to make decisions on my own. I can handle any outcome.
  • I take care of myself and my body.
  • I am safe and supported.

In summary...

Finding food freedom is available to you. My 3 step process for getting there will help you break away from food rules, tune into your habits, embrace your emotional well-being, and manage your energy in a way that helps you create the life and success you desire.

When you are ready to take heal your relationship with food and discover what's possible, let's chat. You can book a 30-minute discovery call HERE.

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