DO – make food your friend. Here are some good ways to do so:
- think of a food you might view as ‘forbidden’. Now smile. Picture it. Imagine that eating it wouldn’t make any difference to your weight (WHICH IT WON’T). How good does that feel?
- Ignore those little voices in your head telling you you ‘cant’ have certain foods. The best defence is a good offence and I’d highly recommend some reading to help you understand food a bit better. The Diet Myth by Tim Spector, Eat Up by Ruby Tandoh and Just Eat It by Laura Thomas are good places to start.
- Try eating what you want, when you want, for a day. If it means adjusting your exercise regime a little to help you mentally, do it. It doesn’t have to be as extreme as ice cream for breakfast, but if you often pick oats over toast or black coffee over hot choccie, go for what you want and see how freeing and more importantly delicious it is.
DO – enjoy food. The taste, the texture, the look, the feel, all of it. You know when you were little and you loved your playdoh so much you tried to eat it? Well now you’re an adult and you can eat your playdoh. It’s called CANDY.
DO – remember how lucky you are to be able to enjoy a wide variety of different types of food. I’ve spoken out in support and indeed awe of my meal prepping brothers and sisters but I honestly cannot compute eating chicken and broccoli day after day when curry, thai, roasts, pizza, burgers and Italian food exist. Life is short, enjoy what’s out there!
DO – what you need to do to obtain the right balance. As I’ve said many times, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have a way to go myself before I reach true balance zenith. Be kind to yourself, take it slow; it won’t happen overnight.
DON’T – feel you need to ‘earn’ your food by exercising. Your body needs food to fuel all your internal organs including your brain, and also, it tastes really good. It’s a necessity, a pleasure, a privilege – it’s not a reward.
DON’T – play foods and/or food groups off against each other. For example, ‘if I eat these doughnuts now, I won’t have carbs at dinner later’. Enjoy any food, any time you want.
DON’T – worry if you are trying to lose weight and need to implement rules to maintain your lifestyle….
…DON’T – worry if you stray away from those rules. This blog isn’t intended to make you stop doing what you need to do to feel comfortable and healthy, it’s to help you stop viewing food as your enemy and start viewing it as your FRIEND!