Struggling with food obsession? Let’s end it.
We all “know” we should eat healthily but sometimes this gets to a place that’s not so helpful, healthy, or functional. It’s similar to the idea more is always better (well it is isn’t) in which we try to eat well but eating perfectly MUST be better. You know what I’m talking about.
Skipping nights out with girlfriends to eat “on plan”
Recurring thoughts of hitting your food goals
Constant tracking, counting, analyzing, & planning
Stressing about your choices & beating yourself up when you make decisions not in line with your goals
Once we get to this place, it can be hard to snap out. I’ve been there too. Before I started strength training consistently, I was always thinking about my food and body composition (maybe that’s another story for another day 😉 ). It filled my days and thoughts. At some point, I said ENOUGH. Using some of the tools I outline below, I’ve been able to reach a much healthier place with food, allowing me to enjoy the foods I love while also maintaining a healthy body and mind.
Personal food rules
I have a few little guidelines for eating every day. These are inspired by Jill Coleman’s “Daily Nutritional Commitments” (This post is super helpful & and relevant. Check it out). These guidelines are part of my eating every single day, Christmas day or random Monday. They help me stay consistent and guide my choices when I frankly don’t want to think about food.
- Prioritize veggies and protein at every meal to stabilize blood sugar and satiety.
- Eat one BIG ASS SALAD (thanks Jill!) per day to ensure I max out the micronutrients & fiber of veggies.
- Dark chocolate every day. Keeps me sane.
- When in doubt, choose dietary fat over carbs. Carbs often leave me feeling bloated and uncomfortable, and I have found food timing to be incredibly important. So, when faced with the choice, I do better with dietary fat.
I am NOT saying theses should be your rules, but it’s helpful to have a few guiding principles to return to when you are obsessing about food.
Over the last year and a half, I’ve worked with an incredible nutritionist and trainer who have helped me rethink my relationship with food. Working with experts will refine your understanding of your situation so you can make the best choices for you.
Move in a way that makes you happy
When I lift, I don’t worry about food. This is why I lift even when on vacation! It makes me feel like a powerful badass, so it is a part of my (almost) daily routine.
Find the type of exercise that brings you joy and stick with it. As a recovering distance runner, I encourage you to think about strength training but I don’t care if it’s cross fit, zumba, or hiking, prioritize movement and the rest falls into place.
With the “If It Fits Your Macros” craze, it seems like everyone and their momma are counting calories or macros. Most of the time, it is NOT necessary to count every single day. Hello obsessions…
Something that’s helped me is tracking my meals by taking pictures about twice a month. As humans, creatures of habit, most of our daily intake is the same day-to-day, so tracking a couple times a month is sufficient. Again, this is where working with an expert helps you figure out if you’re on track!
I hope these help! I know food obsession is a sticky topic and super personal but using a couple of these tools can make a huge difference <3
Which of these tools speaks to you?