In this New Year, I want to tell you that emotional wellbeing just as important as nutrition.
Dieting and diet culture puts food on a pedastal, causes you to think food will save you, that it will make everything better. The diet industry makes money off these beliefs and amplifies them. It’s very very difficult not to get roped in. If I eat x,y,z then I will be fit and well and live to 306 and have no emotional problems. Unfortunately this isn’t how life, or food works.
First I want to say, that of course nutrition is important, but in the long term not short term. If you are just coming to terms with your problems with food, then thinking about nutrition is not helpful.
When you are in the throws of food problems based on the emotional belief that controlling your eating with save you from death or make you a better person, you have to take a step back.
Isabel Foxen Duke, an anti-diet advocate, says:
“Food doesn’t even come close to the top of the list of things that will likely kill me or anyone else—genetics, environment, age, and various factors outside of my control are far better predictors of illness or death, yet we cling desperately to the delusion that food is the primary determinant of our fate, frantically trying to “play God” through our food choices.”
It’s time to separate food from control.
Unfortunately you can’t control some things in life, and that includes how you eat. There is just no perfect way to eat. Reject the lies the diet industry have been feeding you.
Be kind to yourself.
Sadly no-one except you can convince you that you are doing the right thing. You have to be so gentle, especially in this stressful time to talk to yourself with kindness and compassion. Gently keep telling yourself there are no mistakes, all eating is valid. It turns out the stress of eating properly is worse for you than eating freely.
You will need to attempt to take emotional control out of eating to begin to eat with good mental health.
Try repeating these affirmations:
“I can’t control my body’s requirements for food, I surrender to them”
“I let go of things I have no control over”
“I don’t need to eat perfectly to be valuable”
“I eat naturally and intuitively, and have no worries about it”
Hope that helps you all! Let me know in the comments if any of this resonates with you!