As someone who’s long ago left the world of dieting and disordered eating behind, I’m still shocked every time I hear references to dieting. It’s all around me everywhere I go. At the doctor, at work, at the grocery store, at the gym, at home, and on my social media feed. At this point, it’s truly impossible to avoid diet culture. Since it can be so easy to be sucked back into diet culture, especially in the beginning, let’s explore some ways to challenge the culture so you can remain a non-dieter, intuitive eater, and lover of self.
Sure, we know all the tips and tricks for fooling our bodies into being satisfied with an apple when we really want the cake. But the truth is, you’re not tricking your body.
There is so much more to life than losing and gaining the same few pounds over and over. Your life is more than dieting, excessive exercise, and deprivation. Choose to find your real purpose.
This is what we call normal eating. It’s eating more some days because the food tastes good, and perhaps eating less other days because you were busy or didn’t have food available. It’s trusting that your body can regulate your weight and you don’t need to work so hard to deny yourself certain pleasures.
Erase the guilt and the shame and just enjoy your food when it tastes good.
Have you ever been told you’re “too sensitive”? Do you need to recover after a day of being out in the world? Do you notice subtleties that no one else seems to notice? Are you easily overwhelmed by too much stimulation? You may be highly sensitive. Highly sensitive people (HSPs) are often misunderstood and may have a difficult time navigating a world that does not cater to the highly sensitive. Understanding the condition and recognizing that you have it can be incredibly helpful.
Eating, something we all do multiple times each day, can present with many difficulties for a HSP, so here are my 5 tips for navigating meal times when you’re highly sensitive.
There is no way to win or lose at healthy eating. It doesn’t matter if you do it better or worse than anyone else. It. Is. Not. A. Competition.