12 Weeks No Diets – Week 6 – Making Peace With Food
We’re at the halfway mark of 12 Weeks No Diets.
I hope you’ve been enjoying reading these posts as much as I love writing them!
To recap, these are goals we’ve covered so far:
- Eat when you’re hungry, stop when you’re satisfied
- Make water your beverage of choice
- Break mindless eating routines
- Increase fiber intake by increasing fruit and veggie intake
- Pay close attention to meal timing and portion control
- Pay attention to your body – focus on eating consciously
- The importance of meal planning
This week I wanted to talk about making peace with food. The biggest thing I believe in when I talk about not dieting, is the importance of NOT following a restricted eating regimen. The way human nature works… or at least with me… the minute I try to restrict myself from any food, or say I won’t let myself eat a certain food… I instantly want that food.
For example, how long would you last if you vowed to not eat sweets for the next six weeks. I know myself all to well… I would crack.
If we tell ourselves that we can’t or shouldn’t have a particular food, it can often lead to intense feelings of deprivation and uncontrollable cravings. When we finally “give-in” to a “forbidden” food, its often done with such strong intensity that it can result in the Last Supper syndrome where we just eat and eat and eat. Or, it could be followed by extreme guilt.
It’s extremely important to NEVER deprive ourselves of the foods we love. In my book, there is no such thing as a good or bad food, but there is such a thing as an bad portion. Eating healthy is important, but how much we eat is even more important. I’ve mentioned before that I believe in the 80/20 rule. Eighty percent of what I eat is healthy, twenty percent is whatever else I want. There’s no particular order of how this happens either. I’ve had days where I’ve eaten a healthy breakfast, a cheeseburger for lunch, and something small and healthy for dinner. Or, I might have a piece of chocolate after breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It changes everyday.
Goal for this week:
Every day this week, I want for you to think of one food you truly love, and eat it. For example, if you’re craving pizza, there’s no need to eat the entire pizza. Wait until you’re truly physically hungry, and eat a mindful portion. When I say “mindful portion” you want to eat enough until you are satisfied. Not overly full, but satisfied. If you’ve been overly restricted with your diet in the past, this can be challenging. Take your time and slowly start to mindfully incorporate more of the foods you love, or food you thought you loved. When you start to eat them, you may even realize that you don’t like it too much.
I know this can be tough for some, so if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me 🙂
Don’t forget your workout of the week! 🙂
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