Maybe thoughts about food fill up your head all day long? Rather than thinking about the piece of work you’re doing or the weekend get together, you’re contemplating your next meal or snack, the next opportunity to eat, or you’re chastising yourself for food you wish you hadn’t eaten ⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️. Have I eaten too much?’
‘Can I eat this with no-one noticing?’
‘Will this make me fat?’
‘How many calories in this?’
‘Is this healthy enough?’
‘Those biscuits are calling to me from the cupboard’. 🥐🍦🍰🍕⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️
Why, you wonder, does this food preoccupation exist? ⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️Some suggestions.
1️⃣You have likely dieted in the past
At some point, you’re likely to have restricted food: not eaten enough, been a bit too super-healthy or had strict rules around eating. Once you put your body into deprivation mode and then override natural hunger signals, you start to lose touch with your body. Rather than listening to when you are hungry and then eating, you have adopted rules instead. You no longer trust your body, and so it is understandably more difficult to make decisions around eating.
2️⃣ What we learn from starvation studies
We know from starvation studies that, when food is limited, people become extremely preoccupied with it. They daydream about food all day, start hoarding or bingeing on food, or cut food up into very small pieces and take hours to consume it. Starving is the extreme, but any food deprivation will bring similar results, even on a milder scale and it is often accompanied with a strong preoccupation with food.
3️⃣The hangover effect from dieting
Even once you stop dieting and try to eat normally again, your relationship with food has changed. Cake (or whatever food you consider to be ‘bad’) is now evil, guilt-ridden, fattening, unhealthy and full-of-sugar, rather than just an enjoyable food. Therefore, it is hard to eat cake without lashings of judgement and feelings of failure. ⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️ You will need to relearn to trust your body and develop peace with food.
This is entirely possible - you may need to seek out support.
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