These days food is a loaded subject, and our feelings toward it can be intense. Whether you’re new to liberated eating or you’ve been on this path for years it’s a helpful practice to check in on your feelings now and then. Is food feeling like a good gift to you – giving you a sense of relaxed well-being? Or does it feel more like the enemy – causing you to feel anxious and out-of-control?
It is certainly easy to see how food might feel like the enemy for those of us who “battled it” for years. We tried to hold it and ourselves at bay—fighting valiantly with our paltry diet weapons only to end up right back where we started. There can be significant PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress from Dieting) leftover from this experience. But, if we allow ourselves to think of food as a dangerous force we will be handicapped in our efforts to make the changes we want to make. This line of thinking gives food false power and undermines our confidence.
Intentionally transforming your feelings toward food is an important part of this journey. Here are some thoughts that can help:
- Make sure you aren’t subconsciously keeping an “Illegal Food List”. Thinking you “can’t have it” causes anxiety and might even set you up to overeat in response. Remember that you have freedom to eat any food and you have freedom not to. As a liberated eater, if you choose not to eat sugar, for instance, you are not declaring it illegal. You are exercising your freedom to choose. There is a big difference.
- Remember how powerful your mindfulness and intuition are. People who are keenly connected to themselves and their body have an unstoppable partnership.
- Think like a relaxed and discerning connoisseur. Peace and confidence grow when you take this position.
As you check-in with your feelings and recalibrate where needed, old defeating and draining feelings will give way to new, strong, healthy ones.
Your pants will get looser, your health will grow stronger, and your mind will be freer. Now that’s a really good feeling!