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Atkins, Whole 30, Paleo, Intermittent Fasting... what is the real deal? Who’s expert is right and who's wrong on telling us what and how to eat?

As someone who has (proudly) tried pretty much all the strategies to lose weight for quite sometime, I know for a fact that they are all wrong. And they are all right as well. Let me explain.

A diet is an eating pattern. And the body reacts when you move from one eating pattern to the other. So if you have been eating a Mediterranean Diet for a while and losing weight, but then you reach a plateau, trying a new eating pattern maybe a good strategy. Maybe. 

But, what if I'm not necessarily trying to lose weight? I just want to eat 'right'. Eat 'healthy'. Fell 'good'... I want a diet that gives me energy to go through the day with joy, accomplish the things that I aim without having to avoid social situations where 'bad' food is at reach… 


I struggled with this dilema during my whole adult life and let me tell you: I'VE FOUND THE ANSWER!!! I check on most theories on what's out there to guide you on what and how to eat and the best expert I've found, that understood my deepest desires and figured out a liberating yet results oriented strategy for me was: ME


And this is not a devaluating comment to health professionals. There are many, very capable and talented professionals out there and at some point in your life you might need their professional guidance. But I'm talking about something deeper. I'm talking about LISTENING TO YOUR SYMPTOMS, the signs that your body sends you that something may not be OK, and taking full accountability for the solution (instead of immediately delegating it to a Nutricionist, Endocrinologist or any other 'ist') 

Let me illustrate: I was in a session with one of my clients, a high profile executive from a multinational company, explaining about the science behind appetite, the importance of learning to interpret it - instead of suppressing it - to be able to give your body what it really needs. At some point she stopped me and said: I wish I've learnt this at school. Why we don't learn things like this at school? She was appalled! And 100% right!

The problem is we are not empowered during your upbringing through education, family examples or even the media to TRUST OUR BODIES! TO LISTEN AND INTERPRET IT'S SIGNS! It's quite the opposite: there's a lot of misinformation that gets us all confused and insecure, then ready to start delegating the power of 'managing' what happens in your body to someone (or something) else. 

As bosses, we actively listen to our collaborators. We know what they say has a lot of value, so we make an effort to be present and connect with them because we know for a fact they can give us UNIQUE INFORMATION that reports data and spreadsheets just can't. That connection gives you an edge to perform better than simply looking at numbers. CONNECTION IS POWER.

When we get used to listen and embrace our symptoms instead of suppressing and ignoring,  we get right into the path to run our bodies better. That's the kind of control that no prescription drug or supplement can give you.

Looking back I know the best moment in my journey to a better Mind & Body Health was when I experienced that connection. It's so empowering. I’ve never felt lost again in the recommendations of this or that 'celebrity professional' or got caught in the feeling of failure for eating something out of 'miraculous' diet menu, simply because I realized that kind of behavior takes my power away.

So my suggestion for you is this:

  • Listen to your body, trust it's signals. There's more behind a symptom than you can imagine
  • If you want a diet that works perfectly to your lifestyle, get help that will lead you into that direction. Look for professionals that will act like thinking partners instead of bodyguards or disciplinarian parents armed with a list of do's and don’ts. You are an adult now
  • Get help to educate yourself and learn to navigate through all the excess of information and 'expert' opinions without getting overwhelmed
  • Build a strategy that works for your current moment in life. There's nothing more impairing for the body (and the mind) than for example, starting a juice fasting at the beginning of a busy week, full of meetings and negotiations.
  • Surround yourself with professionals that will bring you up, really listen to what you want and help you get there, sustainably. It's cheaper, more effective and the results will last much longer.

It's the most liberating, empowering feeling to realize the answer is inside you. Enjoy!


Ana Ceneviva. Eating Psychology and Mind and Body Nutrition Coach. CEO and Founder of Mind & Body Boss, a Coaching and Consulting Company that helps Executives and Entrepreneurs to empower themselves around food to get a better performance in life. 

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Last week I attended to a 4 day workshop for Eating Psychology Coaches in Colorado - US. It was an amazing experience, full of new content, new tactics and strategies that I will definitely implement in partnership with my clients and share in a daily basis with my followers (follow me on INSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK - see links below). But what I REALLY want to share with you here are the 4 life lessons that I took from this event that may also apply to all of us, executives and entrepreneurs and bosses:


Information can be bought, wisdom can’t

Marc David, founder of The Institute for The Psychology of Eating and one of the most amazing thinkers of our times when it comes to Mind and Body Health, definitely is the core and soul of the workshop. A wise man. And I realized that in every moment he shared his personal experience with the audience, or his views on what other people briefly shared, there was something in there that no other materials in the course could provide. His takeaways were always on point, which made me think that sometimes I learn more from connecting with some people than reading 10 books about the same subject. We should spend more time connecting and listening to what people have to say. I’ll continue to read my books, but I’ll make an even bigger effort to connect with people I admire and trust. There’s where the wisdom is.


Find your niche

While connecting with my peers during the event I realized we all gave our own unique spin on what we’ve learned and how we decide to share it with the world. And it was natural. Every person has a story that will resonate to a certain amount of people. And the sooner we embrace it, the sooner we’ll find what our niche is and start harvesting results.


The importance of the TRIBE

Tribe is a gathering of like-minded people. And finding your tribe means finding people that get you! We all from time to time need to feel embraced by this feeling of being fully accepted and understood. It’s priceless and yet so underrated. One of my tribes is the Eating Psychology Coaches tribe. And they are awesome! And I had no idea. Definitely worth to put some effort in finding your tribe and connecting with them from time to time. 


There’s no such thing as competition

We were more than 200 people from all over the world, gathered in a room talking about the same themes. And yet there were so many different stories and views and takeaways about this same themes!!! It was liberatingto realize that one’s story shapes them in a such an unique way, that even after thousands of hours exposed to the same training we all became such distinct trainers. There’s no competition when you are your own unique self.


Being there with my tribe gave me made me aim to keep working on myself even more! If you would like to have this same feeling for yourself, contact me for a 30' exploratory conversation. It's super easy!  Just click the button below and fill out the form :)