When it comes to dieting we often run, hide, ignore and even obliterate the opportunity, temptation and/or evidence. How did we get to this?
I was recently reading an advice piece providing diet tips and I came across one which made me feel sad if anything: “when the bread basket arrives, go to the bathroom to avoid temptation” – ummm what? How did we become so afraid of food that we have to run, run from a catch up with friends, run from a family dinner, run from a fun night out – having this plan in place or even just the thought at the back of your mind is enough to create anxiety in any old chillax yogi.
When did food start to rule us? It saddens me to think this sort of advice is being given out but it scares me more to think we feel compelled to follow it.
The problem isn’t food, its our thoughts and beliefs around the food which is causing grief. Instead of running, changing the way we view food, our relationship with food and being educated about how food effects us is the way to stop running. Running to the bathroom to avoid bread may help you then and there but what happens when it’s a different food, in a different setting and the food arrives unexpectedly? Running teaches us nothing, it purely creates more fear – we need to learn how to face food and be ok with food. It won’t break us.
A big focus in my clinic is learning to have a healthy relationship with food. At the end of the day, life’s too short not to. We can break-up with partners if the relationship no longer suits but we can’t break up with food. We must make peace with our plate and focus on looking after ourselves through a healthy relationship with food.
Here are my top 3 tips to start flipping the switch on a poor relationship with food:
- Educate yourself: knowing what your body needs, why your body needs it and which foods are right for you is the best way to learn how to nourish you – when we have a reason to do something we are more likely to follow through. For example, knowing that carbohydrates are needed for optimal thyroid function gives you a tangible reason to put them on the plate and know they will do your body good.
- Don’t count calories: counting calories does no body any favour, start focusing on nutrients and the actual benefit of food past calories. For example whilst a fillet of salmon may be high in fat and therefore calories it’s also a source of omega-3, essential fatty acids beneficial for hair, skin and nails!
- Accept yourself: do you look at friends and say “umm you shouldn’t be eating that!” NO WAY! So why say it to yourself? Learning to accept who you are and what your natural weight and body shape is will help reduce anxiety around food. Also knowing that your needs are unique and individual will help stop the comparison – after all comparison is the thief of joy, look within for the answers not outside.
Casey Dick | Passionate Dedicated Natural Nutritionist | Brisbane, Australia, Dietary Nutritionist, Healthy Body and Mind Advocate, Natural Hormone Balance & Healthy Weight Loss, Natural Skin Health, Anorexia, Eating Disorder Recovery, Orthorexia, Thyroid, Non-dieting Approach, Gut Health, Nutritionist specialises in PCOS, Why can’t I lose weight, Weight Loss Resistance