“I try to avoid certain foods, high in fat, carbs or calories.”
“I find myself eating when I’m stressed out or bored, even if I’m not physically hungry.”
“I get mad at myself for eating ‘unhealthy’”.
“I have forbidden foods that I don’t allow myself to eat.”
Do you find that any of these applies to you?
If you do, you’re in good company. So many people struggle in their relationship with food.
Most of the time it’s got to do with having been on more than one diet in the past or the fact that you kept ignoring your body signals telling you if you’re hungry/full for a long time.
You reach the point where you don’t know how to eat or you don’t trust yourself and your body around food anymore.
Years of rules and other external advice on what you can or can’t eat (from professionals, family, friends, tv, social media feeds) and lists of ‘good’ versus ‘bad’ food. So much confusion! Too much conflicting information! It’s exhausting, I know!🤯
You might be wondering🤔
“Where do I start to change all this?”
My advice is to start by acknowledging you have these thoughts, beliefs and habits.
And then approach them with self-compassion and kindness. Being kind and compassionate to yourself opens up a space for you to learn new ways, challenge your deeply rooted beliefs and finally move forward.
Little practice for you💟
- Take pen and paper.
2. Write down what thoughts and beliefs you have.
3. Start reflecting on them with compassion, recognising all the small steps you might take to change the course.
You don’t have to take all of them at once. Just start with a small one you can take right now.
🙋🏻♀️PS: A BONUS FOR YOU!!
Listen to the Loving Kindness practice below I recorded on my Facebook page. It’s based on the work from Kristin Neff, PhD, a leading expert in the studies on self-compassion.