We’ve all probably done it. We relax with a few drinks, order the apps we would normally avoid, and eat dessert. We may even slack off with our workout routine. And then by Sunday night we’re thinking about the week and going back on our diet in time for Monday morning to start the whole cycle all over again. This week, we reason, we’re really going to stick with our diet. But then by Tuesday or Wednesday we’re polishing off a whole bag of cookies and telling ourselves we’ll start over again on Monday.
So how do we combat this? Well, if you picked up on all the dieting language in the introduction, you’ll probably realize that we’re going to get back to the opposite of dieting which is of course intuitive and mindful eating. Let’s explore how to eat freely every day of the week.
You can’t always tell a person has an eating disorder simply by looking at them. And you can’t tell a person has recovered from an eating disorder simply by looking at them.
Your body is not an “after”. You are simply continuing your process of becoming.
So let’s get real for a minute. I used to believe I would never recover from my eating disorder. I thought it was possible for everyone else except for me and that I would never truly be free from the thoughts that consumed me. I wasn’t sure I would ever be “normal”. But with a lot of support and persistence, I achieved full recovery. Unfortunately, way too many of my peers either lost their fight or continue to struggle or live in quasi recovery.
If you’re giving up a food item because you don’t feel you have the “willpower” to do it any other way or if you would have given it up anyway, but Lent is giving you a social excuse to cut out the food- don’t do it!
Diets suck you in because they work at first, but then they stop working and you have to put in more time and effort and eventually it consumes your entire life.
We’ve all probably experienced a fear of missing out (FOMO) at some time or another. Social media makes it so easy to see all the things other people are doing that we aren’t. It also allows us to see all the different foods other people are eating (or just taking pictures of) that we might feel jealous of because we believe only people in certain bodies are able to eat certain foods, our food doesn’t look as good, or because we have allergies/intolerances that prevent us from eating certain foods. In our daily lives we may see certain seasonal foods we feel we can only have at certain times of year, we’re at an event and our favorite food is being served, or everyone else around is having the same thing and it looks good. Food FOMO is going to come up. How could it not? But let’s take a look at some ways to help manage the feelings that arise so it doesn’t ultimately lead to feeling worse about ourselves.