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Setting Boundaries with Your Nutrition Values

What do personal values, boundaries, and nutrition have in common?  These seemingly unrelated topics can actually shape whether or not we reach our long-term goals related to health, wellness, and even weight loss. Wondering what I mean by all of this? Let’s dive in!


First off, you might be wondering what I mean by values. What I’m referring to here is what’s on your “must-do list”.

The things that make it on this list are tasks that you hold in high value and feel personally compelled to follow through with.

These can be things that are obligatory like going to work, as well as things that are simply important to you like taking your children to sports practice. Every day, whether we realize it or not, we’re making a list of things that are valuable to us and will be accomplished with the time we have.

Think about your daily schedule for a minute. What’s on your personal list of valuable actions to include in your day? Here are some common ones I hear from new clients:

  • take the kids to school
  • prepare family meals
  • get to work on time
  • meet project deadlines
  • take kids to sports, or other events
  • clean the house
  • grocery shop

Now don’t get me wrong, these are all very important parts of any person’s day for productivity and daily living. But, if your day looks something like this… can I ask where YOU fit into this puzzle?


Now hear me out. If you aren’t putting high value on your health goals, what do you think is likely to be the first thing knocked off the list when you’re stressed?

Yep, the very actions that will move you toward your goal.

So if things like going for a walk, journaling, planning healthy meals, and drinking enough water aren’t considered “must-do’s” on your list, it’s very likely they won’t happen at all.

Now before we go any further, I want to acknowledge that you are busy. We live in a world that thrives on the “do more” mentality and we can often feel less than if we aren’t saying yes to every single work project, every extra-curricular event, and all. the. things. I get it, I feel this pressure every single day too!

But, the reality of it is, if we don’t decide that our health and wellness is worthy of taking up time in our busy schedules, it simply won’t happen. If you don’t plan for your time, someone or something else will!


I like to explain it like this….

Imagine you are told you have one vehicle and you’ve got to make it last and drive it for the rest of your life.

What type of care would you ensure the vehicle got? I’m willing to bet that you’d fuel up with proper fuel, take it for regular tune-ups, and treat it well.

Your body is your vehicle. You only get one, and it’s time to start putting some value on caring for it.

You know that skipping your workout and eating take-out 7 nights a week isn’t in alignment with your values. Making this mindset shift takes work and constant dedication to the cause, but I know you can do it.


You don’t need to change everything at once. You just need to get clear on your values and focus on a few, small habits that will push you in the right direction.

Let’s think about ways to intentionally carve out some time and energy for making those dreams come to life. If you’re just getting started, these don’t need to be earth-shattering. In fact, small, doable habits are far more valuable than drastic actions.

Feeling stuck? Here’s a few simple things to consider penciling into your schedule:

  • 10-minute walk after dinner
  • packing a healthy lunch the night before work
  • intentionally prioritizing fiber-rich vegetables at meals
  • 5-minute daily journaling, meditation, or reflection

Take a minute to think about a few small habits you’d like to start doing to align with your health values and goals.


Once you’ve determined what’s valuable to you, it’s time to set personal boundaries.

This is the part that all of my clients cringe at, and I get it. i used to be that person too.

Boundaries feel like “rules” and if you’ve been on the diet rollercoaster for any length of time, you’re probably just as sick of the rules as I was.

But here’s the thing guys… boundaries are NOT the same as rules.

Rules are determined by someone else and they often don’t align with your values. Boundaries are things YOU decide to put in place to make sure your values are protected.

Reject the diet dogma rules once and for all and instead, lean into personal boundaries to meet your health goals.

For example, maybe you’ve just received a Lipedema diagnosis and feel compelled to manage the condition and reduce inflammation through nutrition. You have decided that managing your lipedema is valuable to you. To protect this value, you decide to put a loving and helpful boundary in place that you will commit to reducing your sodium intake by no longer buying processed foods with high sodium levels.

Once you decide on the boundary, it’s there to remind you of your values. Boundaries are helpful because we set them while using our logical brains, also known as the prefrontal cortex. We take into account why we want this boundary and how it will help us get where we want to go.

This is extremely important for those times that you’re standing in line at Costco and your limbic brain starts screaming at you to buy the family-size bag of extra salty chips. They look delicious, they’re on sale, and you’ve been “good” all week. You deserve them, right? These are the things our emotional brains tell us and in the moment they can be very persuasive!

Having a personal boundary in place is like a safety net. It helps to bring you back to your values. You can then be objective and see if that choice aligns with your boundary. It takes the drama and the emotion out of it. If it doesn’t align, don’t follow through and move on!


Alright, now to the practical application. Let’s chat about setting boundaries to align with your personal values. Here is my step-by-step process from start to finish!

  • Step One – Get out a piece of paper and write down your BIG health goals. They can be anything, just write it ALL down.
  • Step Two – Determine your primary focus. Think about which of these things you want to focus on first, and for the next 6-8 week period of time. Circle it on your paper.
  • Step Three – Consider WHY you want this. Take your time on this step and really dig deep. This should be WHY you value reaching the goal. Is it tied to longevity, mobility, heart health, or something else? Write it down.
  • Step Four –  Write down 2-3, small, doable habits you can commit to over the next 2 weeks that will move you towards your goal.
  • Step Five – Create a boundary to protect these small habits. For example, if your small habit is to eat out less, put a boundary on it like “no more than twice per week”. Or maybe your habit is to start stretching in the evening before bed. Your boundary could be to “turn off the TV at X time and stretch for 10 mins.”

Once you’ve done these things, you’ll want to start putting it into practice. I have found that simply doing this exercise makes my clients FAR more likely to follow through with their small habits and boundaries, but I also recommend reading through these things a few times per week to remind yourself.

If you’re someone who writes down your daily schedule, try putting your health and wellness habits on the plan and writing your value or your “why” on your planner. Keeping your values top of mind will help you stick to your boundaries!


This topic is near and dear to my heart. I use it on a daily basis with my clients and also in my own personal health journey. Aligning with your values and following through on boundaries is the thing that will make the difference this time.

Setting healthy boundaries and obeying them is a lot like setting a budget and sticking to it. Invest in yourself today and follow through with your boundaries. ⁣Your future self will be SO glad you did! ⁣

If you want to learn more about implementing these strategies send me a message to get started! Reach out today so we can get started discussing your health and wellness goals!



Hi, I’m Bonnie! 

I’m a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) specializing in women’s health, lipedema nutrition, and sustainable weight management. I’d love to help you reach your own personal health goals and become the most vibrant version of yourself.

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