Is Food Controlling Your Life?
If you’re trying to lose weight and just can’t seem to figure out why, you’re going to have to look a little deeper than just your fridge.
Food isn’t the only issue. Exercise isn’t the only issue. Sleep isn’t the only issue.
If you use food to bring you comfort, then you’re using it the wrong way. If you use food to bring you relief from stress, then you’re using it the wrong way. If you use food to celebrate, then you’re using it the wrong way.
Food is just that, food.
It should be used to fuel your body, provide it with nutrients and nourish your growth, and aid in bone strength. It should satisfy hunger.
HealthLine.com lists 8 common habits that are typical of someone with an unhealthy relationship with food.
I believe these “habits” are very indicative of someone who is also trapped in the dieter’s mindset.
Do you identify with any of these “habits”?
- You frequently get cravings for certain foods, despite feeling full and having just finished a nutritious meal.
- When you give in and start eating a food you were craving, you often find yourself eating much more than you intended to.
- When you eat a food you were craving, you sometimes eat to the point of feeling excessively “stuffed.”
- You often feel guilty after eating particular foods, yet find yourself eating them again soon after.
- You sometimes make excuses in your head about why you should eat something that you are craving.
- You have repeatedly tried to quit eating or setting rules (includes cheat meals/days) about certain foods, but been unsuccessful.
- You often hide your consumption of unhealthy foods from others.
- You feel unable to control your consumption of unhealthy foods, despite knowing that they are causing you physical harm (includes weight gain).
If you find that any of these habits resonate with you, you may need to rethink your relationship with food.
You may have deprived yourself of certain foods because you wanted to lose weight quickly. You may have tried a diet because someone you know did really well with it. You may have started following guidelines to help keep yourself on schedule.
All of these tips/tricks/diets tend to make you lose the ability to connect with your body and what it actually needs.
Your body needs food and nutrients, a variety of them. Your body needs macros from many different food groups. And your body needs different things than my body does, or your friend’s body does.
How do you start changing those habits? Go back to basics.
Relearn what it is to feel hunger (listen to your body cues).
Stop following rules.
Add variety to your meals.
Celebrate small gains, like eating fruit or veggies every day, or getting a great night’s sleep.
Eat small portions of the foods you crave more often, so you don’t feel forced to binge.
Stop getting advice from people who have followed a new diet “successfully”.
Start looking at yourself as an individual and realize that your body, your metabolism is unique.
You can absolutely have fun with friends and family without overeating. You can have a crappy day and not eat a ½ gallon of ice cream. You can celebrate a victory or milestone without a buffet.
You can learn what it feels like to be hungry, feed that hunger with food that nourishes your body and makes you feel good, and not overeat.
You can have sweets and snacks in moderation and not worry about gaining weight. You can learn to eat without guilt. You can let go of negative feelings associated with food.
It doesn’t have to be “bad”, you’re not “bad”. You can finally learn to “eat to live” instead of “living to eat”.
If you have any questions or comments leave them below.