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.
Have you ever felt like nothing really matters? Like nothing you do will ever make a difference and your life doesn’t mean anything? That everything is completely random and life is cruel and good people don’t get what they deserve?
So whether it’s from the latest terrorist attack, a natural disaster, a depressive episode, or a personal situation, the last thing on your mind is eating. When nothing matters, why should you bother nourishing yourself?
This post is the first in a series titled: “What Can I Eat if Everything is Toxic?”. I’m going to very basically explore different claims about “toxic” foods and determine if you need to be worried about the health threats from these food items, if you should simply proceed with caution, or if there is no health threat determined. This week, I’m starting with arsenic.
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.
One in twenty Americans will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer, referring to cancers of the colon or rectum, in their lifetime. Before you continue reading, take a moment to breathe a sigh of relief. Developing cancer is certainly a scary prospect, but less so if you take charge of your health with simple steps you could begin right now to decrease your chances of developing colon cancer.
I get asked this question a lot. “How can I stop binge eating?” Bingeing, eating excessive amounts of food in a short amount of time while feeling a loss of control, is scary. It can feel shameful, humiliating, and you may feel completely powerless to stop. The good news is that you can develop a more normalized experience with eating. It is possible. But it is also difficult and it takes time and effort. This article will not cure you of bingeing, but it might provide you with some additional tools to add to your tool kit for conquering binge eating.