When I healed my fraught relationship with food after so many years it felt freeing and peaceful. I realized that I had more empowerment around food than I ever gave myself credit for. I realized after painful reflection that I was letting food boss me around, tell me how to behave and have power over me. I felt completely beholden to food and confined by my own story about who I was as an eater. I liken it to a bad romantic relationship where you feel no sense of autonomy or efficacy.
When I started to tune in to the nuances and complexity of food and slow down to allow myself to experience pleasure when eating, a huge aha moment occurred for me. I was able to discern which foods I truly liked and which I could “break up” with naturally, not by force or will power. This was a huge revelation that made feel so powerful and in control. No longer did I have to force myself to say no to food. No longer was I the one left out at parties sulking in a corner eating diet food. I could fully participate because I no longer placed rigid rules and restrictions on myself which in return allowed me to truly decide whether that was a food I wanted to experience or one I did not. I did not have to fear that this would be the last time I would eat that food until some arbitrary amount of time. The external noise, shame and guilt subsided, replaced with tremendous peace and clarity. For when we divorce ourselves from morality around food and scary consequences of eating it, we can decide how to honor our bodies on our own terms and not based on experts or diet books. When I know that food will always be available to me, it loses it’s powerful hold on me and I can calmly decide whether I’m in the mood for it or not. Guess what? More times than not, the trigger foods I once feared didn’t call to me at all. I craved balanced, healthy food that made my body thrive and only the occasional treat or processed food.
Make no mistake that when we place false scarcity on ourselves or deny ourselves for too long, it's that very food that you deny that you will binge on, and with a vengeance. You will begin not to trust yourself around that food, and you will place more rules and restrictions on yourself or with that food. This in turn will keep you in that devastating viscous food fear cycle and leave you feeling confused, hopeless and resigned to utter failure.
Would you like to experience empowerment with food in a way you never have before? Would you like to walk around life devoid of food fear and obsession replaced with an ever present calm and trust? Would you like to let your weight finally self-regulate effortlessly without any force or restriction?
Then sign up for my 10-week Eating empowerment series. This is an intensive 10-week group coaching program designed to give you food freedom, trust and joy around food again.
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