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  It’s funny how we can do all the goal-setting and plan-making in the world, but we never really know what’s in store for the year ahead.

Life is unexpected.

As I counted down the seconds to midnight on New Year’s Eve in 2017, I could have never predicted that just months later, I would move to Berlin with my husband, or that I’d have the opportunity to write my first book.

And yet, both of these things happened. With them, they brought immense challenges, opportunities for change and growth and plenty of fun times, too.

It's been a big year.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My husband called me from work one day in March and said casually "I think we may need to move to Berlin". ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Two weeks later I'm living in Germany, trying to find my feet with a completely new routine... worrying that I'd be missing out on my Sydney life. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This year has been tougher than expected. Some days. it's just about making it through. But I'd do it again in a heartbeat. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This year I grew into my skin and became comfortable in my skin and proud of my body.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The voice that tells me to lose weight is softer, quieter and less frequent. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I've let go of control because there's no point fighting it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's okay to see where life is taking me right now. And the same goes for you.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (This photo was taken day 1 in Berlin. Honestly, there's no city quite as amazing as Berlin).

And while it wasn’t always easy, I wouldn’t change my 2018 for the world.

Moving the Berlin was scary. “What if everyone forgot about me?” and “what if I missed my life in Sydney too much” I feared.

If I had stuck rigidly to my plan for the year, I would have totally missed out on these life-changing, character-building experiences.

So, while I have plenty of big plans,  I won’t pretend to know exactly what’s in store for 2019.

There are, however, a couple of things I’m particularly excited about…

What I’m most excited about for 2019

As I watched the fireworks light up the city last night, I realised that my resolution this year is to help you make 2019 the year you stop dieting for good, feeling guilty for eating and start loving your body. 💕 If you're interested, I wrote a lovely little blog post that may help. Click the link in my profile or check out my blog www.lyndicohen.com P.s. Here's a shot of me (eyes closed, as usual 🙈) enjoying a meal in Portugal in 2018. Last year, I set a resolution to be kind to myself. It was amazing. That meant forgiving myself for not being perfect. And practicing self love. So for example, when I saw a girl on the beach with a 'perfect' body, I'd say to myself: "Her body is lovely.... and so is mine". It may sound simple but it works! ☺️❤️

Ditching the diets for good + loving my body

For many years, I was caught in the vicious cycle of starting a new diet on 1st January, only to fall off the bandwagon just a few days later and beat myself up about it. Of course, this wasn’t just on New Year’s Day, but plenty of other times throughout the year, too.

In 2019, the only diet I’ll be going on is a ‘social media detox’ — aka. detoxing all of the crap out of my social media feeds. There's so much noise in the nutrition world, so it's about consuming less nonsense and BS.

I’ve learned so much about accepting myself and actively practising body love over the last year, and it got a lot to do with following more body positive accounts on social media. I plan to keep practicing loving my body this year - and share with you what I learn. Which brings me to my next point!

The Nude Nutritionist book is out (yay!)I’m excited to announce that my book, The Nude Nutritionist, is now officially on shelves in Australia and New Zealand! (UK launch in Feb).

And you can also order the book from anywhere in the world.

This book has been a serious labour of love, distilling everything I’ve learned about body confidence, balanced nutrition, intuitive eating and more over the years into your ultimate self-love companion.

It’s packed with practical, BS-free advice on breaking the diet mindset, loving your body and eating well without rigid planning, as well as more than 50+ uncomplicated, veggie-filled recipes.

The Nude Nutritionist book is stocked where all good books are found. You can order it online here.

Finding balance

If the word of 2018 was ‘change,’ 2019 is all about balance. This means not only eating a balanced diet, but also finding the equilibrium between my physical and mental health.

This year I need to make more time for my family (check out this post if you missed my update).

This quote from the lovely Meaghan Markle has really stuck with me:

“I resolve not to have any resolutions…. the only thin I am to do it to approach life playfully. To laugh and enjoy, to keep my standards high but my level of self-acceptance higher. My New Years resolution is to leave room for magic. To make my plans, and be okay if they sometimes break. To set my goals, but to be open to change.

Every single day, I'm working to improve myself - whether that's accepting my soft stomach or dealing with anxiety or trying to be less clumsy. But that doesn't mean there's something wrong with me in my current state. I don't need fixing. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Because, as the very wise and wonderful Sophia Bush once said: "You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and work in progress simultaneously" You can accept and love yourself in your current state, while still working to become the best and healthiest version of yourself. ✨⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In fact, you're actually even MORE likely to stick to your goals when you're doing it from this place of love, rather than fear. 💕⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Speaking of goals, head to the link in bio to check out my latest blog, about how you shouldn't beat yourself up if you didn't reach your 2018 goals. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #2019goals #goaldiggers #selfacceptance #progressnotperfection #progressoverperfection

Living in Australia, again.

We’ve returned to Sydney and the timing feels right.

I missed my island home.

It feels like a fresh start, and I’m looking forward to having my two feet planted firmly on the ground in our hometown, at least for a while. Plus, I’d be lying if I didn’t miss being near the beach!

What are you most excited for in 2019? Tell me in the comments!

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You’ve survived the festive season, danced your way into the new year and now, it’s officially 2019!

As you nurse your champagne hangover and pick the last remnants of glitter out of places you didn’t even know you had, there’s a good chance you’re vowing to be a healthier, fitter and ‘better’ you in 2019.

For many people, this means writing down New Year’s Resolutions or goals.

Now, I know some nutritionists have a problem with New Year’s Resolutions and the idea of ‘new year, new me.’

Personally, I’m all for setting new goals that inspire you (if that’s your thing). The idea of a ‘fresh start’ can be just the thing you need to develop healthier and more uplifting habits.

However, my problem with New Year’s Resolutions is the fact that they often involve starting a new diet or losing weight.

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Business Insider recently surveyed 1,102 people about their New Year’s Resolutions, and more than half had goals about starting a new diet or ‘eating healthier’ (which is normally just code for going on a diet, BTW).

Research shows that 80% of people are likely to fail their New Year’s Resolutions by February.

Ask yourself how many times you’ve started a new diet in January, only to abandon it a few months, weeks or even days later?

That’s because diets don’t work - including those ‘diets in disguise’.

Diets don’t work when you start them in March, in September and they don’t work when you start them on January 1st, either. In fact, they’re even more doomed to fail if you start them on New Year’s Day, as they normally coming from a place of guilt after the so-called excess of the holiday season.

So, I have a proposition….

Let’s vow to make this the year we stop making weight loss or diet-related New Year's Resolutions?

Because, they’re not serving you, and they’re just distracting you from setting goals that actually matter. ‘Like what?’ you say. Well, I’d like to suggest some better New Year’s Resolutions you could make instead.

Set health goals, not weight loss goals

Newsflash: your health goals don’t have to involve losing weight!

There is so much more to your health that the number on your scales, or the size you wear. I want to encourage you to set health goals that have zilch to do with how you look.

This might be about how you feel — for example, you might want to feel physically strong enough to run around after your kids, or feel energised when you get up in the morning. It could also be to do with what you can do — like running a half-marathon.

If these goals have a strong ‘why’ behind them, you’re far more likely to actually stick to them.

Here are some fab ideas:

  • To be less busy and do more of my creative things

  • Go swimming with my family instead of just watching from the sidelines

  • To keep enjoying my running

  • Re-ignite my passion for cooking

  • To consume less and be more mindful

  • Do an unassisted pull up

Please leave a comment below and share your New Years Resolution!

(PS. didn’t stick to your health goals in 2018? Check out this blog post to learn why that’s okay, and how you can use this to set better health goals this year).

Don't waste another year hating on your body... promising to 'do better' tomorrow. PLEASE do not make your new years resolution to lose weight. Instead, resolve to make this the year you learn to love your body - and fuel it with healthy food and exercise because you love it (not because you hate it and want to change it). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Imagine if instead of selling more than 17 million albums, Beyonce had invested her time and energy into trying to be a size 0? What if instead of becoming the first tennis player to win 23 grand slam titles, Serena Williams was too busy worrying if her bum looked big? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You have more important sh*t to do in this life than trying to change the glorious body you've been blessed with.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Happy new years to all you amazing people!

Learn to love your bodyI want to challenge you to make 2019 the year you learn to love your body exactly as it is.

Let me just say, this isn’t something you just wake up and ‘choose’ to do one morning.

Body love isn’t a destination. It’s a practice. It’s a skill that needs to be mastered. But it’s one that will serve you for the rest of your life.

Because the truth is, our bodies change throughout our lives — we age, give birth and our weight fluctuates for a myriad of reasons. But if you learn to genuinely love and accept your body in all of its beautiful states, you really can’t lose.

Be kind to yourself

Last year, my new years resolution was to be kind to myself. And what a difference it made.

Self-acceptance isn’t about ‘letting yourself go’ or neglecting your health. Quite the opposite, actually.

You’ll find that when your intent is coming from a place of love — not guilt or fear — you’ll actually be more inspired to take care of yourself. This means giving your body what it needs to feel its best, whether that’s nutritious foods, plenty of water or regular exercise.

It also means taking care of your mental health, by meditating, going for walks in nature or even seeking therapy if needed — whatever you need to feel happy and balanced.

❤️ My New Years resolution this year was simple: Be incredibly kind to myself and stop giving a shit about what other people think. And after 11 months of consciously choosing self acceptance over guilt or shame or judgement or self-loathing, I can honestly say I have never been more confident in my body - and in myself. ❤️ So what did I do exactly? I forgave myself for not being perfect. That means choosing to see my best qualities, rather than zero in on my inadequacies. It means not listening to other people who think I'm too fat or too thin (someone always seems to have an opinion but I stopped caring). It means loving myself enough to say no when people ask too much of me (and letting myself feel the discomfort of saying no and learning it's not the end of the world). When I lay in bed at night running through all the ways I'm a failure, I decided to imagine my brain is a radio and change the channel. ❤️ 2018 is the year I learned to care more about how my body feels and functions than what other people think of it. I love my juicy bits, the softness and the cellulite... Thing is - the only person who needs to love your body is you. Accept yourself as you are, and you'll find that you stop caring so much about what other people think. ❤️

Make 2019 the year you stop dieting or ‘trying to be good’

We’ve already established that diets don’t work. So, instead of always trying to get ‘back on the bandwagon’, why not set the bandwagon on fire and ditch it altogether? Imagine how much mental energy it would free up if you could stop obsessing about food and trying to be ‘better’ tomorrow!

PS. My book The Nude Nutritionist is available now!It’s packed with practical strategies for learning to love your body, letting go of perfectionism, ditching the diet mindset and so much more. Order your copy before Jan 7th 2019, and you’ll get my 10-day Love Your Body course free! More blog posts you might loveSome healthy recipes you might love! 
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Around holidays, the desire to diet can get so damn strong.

You know you're meant to relax around food but when you do, you feel so terrible about your weight and the guilt can ruin a holiday.

  • You imagine that family you haven't seen in a long time will judge your body or appearance.

  • You feel scared to wear a swimsuit or can't find anything to wear that makes you feel comfortable...

  • You cringe when you see a photo of yourself and then can't enjoy the moment because you're too busy thinking about your weight and appearance.

I know this because food guilt and body hate have ruined way too many of my holidays.

And I desperately want 2019 to be the year you stop dieting and hating your body for good.

So, here are some things I really need you to know.
  1. It is totally ok to overeat. The holidays are exactly the time to relax around food. If you can't give yourself permission to relax with food now, when can you?

  2. If a family member or 'friend' judges your body this holiday, it is their problem. It's got nothing to do with your weight and everything to do with their own insecurities.

  3. Guilt won't help eat less or lose weight. It screws with your happiness, isolates you from the people you love and ruins what is meant to be happy time.

When that sneaky little voice in your head pipes up telling you to lose weight or diet - I want you to practice telling her to sit down and be quiet.Imagine your brain is a radio.

When you hear that voice, try to see if you can change the channel. Every time the voice pipes up again, practice changing the channel back to self acceptance again.

For example: I started by simply telling myself: "I accept myself - and I accept others".

If you can have one goal this holiday - or this year - decide that you won't spend yet another year controlled by body dysmorphia or diet culture. 

How many more years or holidays will be wasted because of a diet mindset?

At the end of your life, will you remember your love handles? Or will you regret how much time you spent worrying about them?

2019 is your year to start thinking differently.

It really is time to live your best life.

P.s....I'm currently in snowy Austria, where you bet I'm eating fondue, drinking hot wine and giving zero shits about my stomach rolls. And I've never been happier. 

Want a little more help loving yourself right now?

Here’s some blog posts you might like:

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  Are you confused about what you ‘should’ be eating? Do you feel like every time you’ve finally got it all figured out, another health fad or diet no-no comes flying out of nowhere?

You’re not alone. I speak to so many women who are completely confused about what is a healthy diet - and it’s no wonder, really.

Every day, we’re bombarded with conflicting advice about what we ‘should’ be eating.

‘Fat makes you fat!’ ‘Carbs are the devil!’ ‘It doesn’t matter what your food sources are, as long as you hit your macros!’

Honestly, it’s enough to make you want to dive into a packet of chocolate biscuits.

There’s so much misinformation out there that even foods that are perfectly healthy for you are being demonised. But in avoiding these foods, you'’re actually missing out on many of the valuable nutrients that are key to a balanced diet.

Well, I say it’s time to welcome these foods back with open arms!

Read on for 5 so-called ‘unhealthy’ foods you should reconsider adding back into your diet.

5 ‘unhealthy’ foods that are actually healthy for you1. Pasta

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Pasta gets a bad rep for being too high in carbs, but there’s plenty of research to suggest it can actually be good for you and help manage your weight.

Plus, it’s incredibly affordable and versatile — just add in a protein source and veggie-rich sauce and voila, you’ve got yourself one beautifully balanced meal.

However, not all pasta is created equal. Wholegrain pasta is typically higher in fibre, as well as rich in vitamins like manganese, selenium, copper and phosphorus. I also particularly love pasta made from legumes and pulses, which you can find in any major supermarket these days.

My trick with pasta? I see how many serves of veg I can add. This is what I call crowding. Crowding in more veggies to help you get to your 5+ a day. I normally aim for 2-3+ serves in a bowl of pasta by adding tomatoes, onion, shredded carrot, baby spinach etc.

2. Cheese

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Many people avoid cheese when trying to lose weight. But I’ve got good news for you: cheese isn't actually bad for you and you shouldn't feel guilty for eating it!

Cheese contains calcium (essential for healthy bones), protein and vitamins and minerals like zinc, phosphorus, magnesium, vitamin A and vitamin B2.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not recommending you eat an entire wheel of Brie in one sitting (mmm brie…).  But adding cheese to healthy foods makes them tastier, meaning you'll eat them more often.

Try adding feta to your salads, finishing a homemade soup with parmesan or stirring ricotta through a pasta in place of cream.

3. Bread

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Due to the popularity of low-carb diets like keto, it seems to have become public enemy number one. But there’s no reason you have to cut bread out of your diet completely if you’re not allergic or intolerant to gluten.

In fact, like wholegrain pasta, bread is high in many nutrients and vitamins, as well as fibre to keep you full for longer. Whether it’s wholemeal toast with a smoosh of avocado and poached eggs for brekkie or a wholegrain sandwich with chicken and loads of veggies for lunch, bread can be a super convenient vessel for a healthy meal. The key here is moderation — eating bread once a day isn’t going to hurt you.

4. Rice

Image: My lunch bowl with SunRice SuperGrains

Rice often gets lumped in with bread and pasta categories. Unlike bread and pasta, though, rice is a plant-based food which is minimally processed and naturally gluten-free.

It also happens to be one of the most nutritious foods on the planet, as it is high in fibre and contains B minerals and magnesium.

Other varieties of rice, such as brown, black and red rice, basmati and jasmine as well as other grains like millet, buckwheat and quinoa are all loaded with the healthy stuff and make the perfect base for a nutritious meal.

I always have SunRice SuperGrains in my pantry. They give you a variety of wholegrains - including rice – to help you make healthy food choices.

5. Peanut butter

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Many people wrongfully label peanut butter as ‘naughty’. However, this isn’t the case. Our beloved PB can actually have its place in a healthy diet — and it’s an ingredient I enjoy often. Not only is it a source of  protein, but it’s got lovely nutrients like with vitamin E, potassium, magnesium and other minerals and vitamins.

I always go for the more natural, unprocessed varieties you can find in most supermarkets. Team it with sliced banana or apples or roll it into some bliss balls for a super satiating, delicious snack.

Disclaimer: A little heads up, I proudly work with SunRice. They’re an amazing company. I only work with companies who share my back to basics approach to healthy eating and whose products I use weekly in my own home.

Ready to take the confusion out of eating healthy?  You’re going to love my new book, The Nude Nutritionist. It’s available for pre-order now!

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