The Seven Diets that Every Woman Needs to Know About Right Now

It’s January, it’s cold, there’s so much pressure to “lose the Christmas weight” and “get lean for 2019.”

But in my coaching capacity there’s so many critical words I hear from women using to describe themselves - and I’ve had enough of it.

These women are amazing, powerful beings who don’t need all the weight of these words. So I’m suggesting seven brand new alternative diet plans, and it goes a little something like this…

  1. The Busy-Woman Diet

Coming in at number 5, this diet is perfect for, well, anyone. Quickly and painlessly it removes the sentence “I’m so busy” from your vocabulary in just 30 days. From “I’d love Love to but I’m too busy” to “Yes I’d love to, it sounds great” or, even better, “no thanks, it’s not my cuppa tea” you’ll find yourself going from time-starved to time-abundant in no time!

2. The “say no” diet

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Simple this one. Don’t want to do it? Say no. Don’t like hanging out with that specific person? Say no. Say no without guilt.

3. and 4. The “I’m not good enough” diet and the “imposter syndrome” fast

Ooooh social media is brilliant, but it’s also BRILLIANT at making as feel like we’re JUST. NOT. GOOD. ENOUGH. We have a new idea, and we get so excited by it - and then we pop on Instagram, and guess what - someone’s already done it. So we say “oh I couldn’t do it because I’m not good enough, and besides, she’s done it already and she’s brilliant. Self-doubt + Imposter Syndrome + Social Media = Paralysis of Action. It’s not a beautiful sum is it. How about replacing all those “naughty” calculations with this one instead: Team of Cheerleaders + Written Down Plan = Positive Action!

5. The Guilt Diet

“I feel so guilty that I’m not with my kids enough…” “I feel so guilty that I don’t want to go back to work and use my degree…” “I feel so guilty that I’m not there enough for my partner…”

You know what? If you need to apologise to someone for something shitty that you’ve done, then apologise. But (and please don’t make me have to write perhaps you have to apologise to yourself) - guilt is draining, relentless, unhelpful emotion 95% of the time. Make your choices. Reflect on them regularly. Communicate with those around you. And onwards.

6. The “Not Asking for Help” Diet

Women are amazing - I know this, because I speak to incredible clients every day and zing with pride at their brilliance. But how many of us forget to ask for help because we’re so busy helping everyone else? How many of us forget to treat ourselves with the same kindness we’d treat our best friend, and just keep swimming?! How many of us forget that our friends and family actually WANT to help? This is one of the few times when saying YES is absolutely necessary!

7. The “Cruel Words to Self” Diet

“You’re so fat.” “Why did you eat that brownie - you evidently have no self-control - how could you ever be a good example to your kids when you can’t even stop yourself when you see something sweet?” “You got lost AGAIN - why are you so irresponsible?” “You’re always forgetting stuff - when did you get so stupid?”

You wouldn’t say this to even an average acquaintance, let your bezzie mates, so why on earth are you saying it to yourself? What is that doing to you? The jargon for this is “negative self-talk” - I call it “being a d*** to yourself” - self-awareness and reflection is a normal and useful part of the human condition, but cruelty? Not here, thanks very much.

Which of these diets do you think might be useful to you? I’d love to know in the comments below.

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I’m Laura, and I’m so pleased you’ve stopped by!

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