Still obsessing over food?
“While planning food do you still have the feelings of obsessing about food and what to eat?”
Hey! How has your week been?
Only 11 days till Christmas, where has this year gone?
I’m so excited about Christmas!
I simply love this time of the year where everything is so joyful and full of sparkle and laughter.
Food and our thoughts around it… Tricky part, isn’t it?
Do you still think about what your meals is going to consist of?
Are you overthinking ingredients, perhaps macros and calories?
The biggest question you should ask yourself is WHY!
Why do you still need to have that kind of control?
What would that change for you, your body and mind?
How would you feel to let go of control?
Letting go of control is about trust…
Trust in yourself that you can still make the right choices when the tough gets going
Trusting yourself that even if you don’t make the right choices you can still start afresh and not beat yourself about it.
It’s a well known assumption that if you conquer your fears, nothing will ever stand in your way but that’s not exactly true.
Things will come in your way and triggers are around every corner.
But here are my 3 points on how to tackle your triggers around food choices:
- Stop planning food – I mean that seriously. You probably already know so much about it that you will make those subconscious choices anyway. But how would it feel not to plan every single meal and simply enjoy foods that you wouldn’t usually eat for a few days? How does that feel? Does it feel wrong? How about exploring your feelings around that.
Maybe experimenting with some brand new recipes that can get you being creative in the kitchen without being strict over what goes in them?
I’m a huuuuuuge fan of Jamie Oliver and have lots of his books that at one point were just sitting there gathering dust.
- Start monitoring your hunger patterns – how often do you feel hungry? On a scale from 1-10 (1 being you’re going to faint hungry and 10 being I’m ready to blow up full), where do you usually start on when you sit down for a meal? Being more mindful around your hunger and times of eating will help you become more understanding of why are you eating and how mindful are you of eating that meal.
If you start at around 4/5 – you can really easily get to 10 and beyond.
If you start at 1 you can literally inhale your food before your brain gets the signal that you’re full and you can easily get to that 10 again.
The best starting point is when you are around 2/3 and you stop when you’re around 7/8.
With that kind of practice, you’ll become more aware of your patterns and get more comfortable with “feeling full” idea.
- Listen to your body and how it reacts to food – there might be certain times when you fancy chicken. There might be certain times when you fancy soup. There might be certain times when you fancy cake.
How about allowing yourself those foods that you fancy but also being aware of how your body reacts to it?Getting a journal to write down reactions to certain foods if you start experience discomfort will help you become more aware on what you might need to exclude from your diet so you can digest food properly. That’s the only time when I’d ever recommend excluding something from your diet.
Remember that when you’re being mindful of how you eat, what you eat becomes less of an issue because you’d be able to find the fine line between foods that you feel you “should” eat and foods that are making you feel full of energy.
All my love
Love, Peace and Laughter