Eventually you’re going to get to a point in your life when being ‘crazy’ around food is causing you more grief than it is good. It’s then that I really hope you start to open your mind up to the fact that it’s going to be more difficult to keep giving food power over you than it is surrendering…..which means letting your food and weight just be what and where it naturally wants to be.
Letting your weight just ‘be’ is most definitely a realization you gain through a variety of different processes such as challenging the core beliefs underpinning your diet mentality, exploring who you really are outside of the ‘food obsession’, prioritizing your self care and doing body image related work.
Yet there’s also a few key things to start with that I highly recommend my private coaching clients do early on in the process of regaining their power over food, which involves crowding out what triggers their diet impulse.
Because essentially our behaviour around dieting has been learned, which goes to say that we have taught ourselves to turn to dieting as a way of coping with underlying ‘issues’. And while the process of learning what is really holding you captive in the diet cycle requires careful and close attention and awareness, removing dietary triggers can significantly help you to stop feeling crazy around food.
3 ways to crowd out diet triggers:
Ditch the scale: While I never really used to be much of a ‘weigher’ for many of my clients the scale is a huge diet trigger. Here’s how the scale is running your relationship with food and your body: the number on the scale determines if you have been ‘good’ or ‘bad’ and as a result has the power to determine how you get to feel about yourself, what you get to eat, what you don’t get to eat, how you ‘ought’ to move your body etc.
If you weight yourself the best advice I can give you is to get rid of the scale. Don’t hide it, don’t try to fight it. Just remove it from your life.
Spring clean your wardrobe: I used to hang onto my ‘thin’ clothes hoping for the day I’d ‘fit into them again’….all the while knowing that to do so I’d just end up jumping on the same old wagon…the diet-binge cycle wagon. When I got sick to death of doing the same thing to suffer the same consequences (diet for long enough to then binge to my hearts content on repeat), I came to the realization that I needed to take action towards paving the way to do the ‘work’ even if I didn’t yet feel ready.
Because I knew that in order to start feeling sane around food and my body I needed to start acting in ways that mimicked sanity (read more here)…which meant I needed to get rid of ‘thin’ reminders. And what better place to start than the wardrobe.
The best advice I can give you here is to prioritise feeling both physically and mentally comfortable within your clothing (and I’m not talking about wearing a potato sack either….To feel sane within your clothing you’ve got to feel comfortable- both physically and mentally).
Consciously choose your social media ‘friends’: Many of my clients tell me they follow accounts for ‘inspiration’, however, when probed further these accounts aren’t truly all that ‘healthfully inspiring’. Accounts that make you feel less than adequate or that instantly make you want to skip meals, obsess about the size of your thighs or try yet another diet for the sake of manipulating your body to feel better about yourself then you’ve got to question what it is you’re really getting out of these kinds of accounts. Health and wellness? OR obsessive behaviour and unhealthful behaviours around food?
If you’re not yet at the point where you can’t appreciate the fact that each and every body is genetically wired differently and therefore is supposed to be different in size, shape and appearance, then getting rid of these pictures from your social media feed will certainly help you to tune out to what’s unattainable, ‘unhealthy’ and statistically non existent for a majority of the population.
The best tip I can give you here is to bravely take the plunge in unfollowing accounts that trigger you for whatever reason. Whether you’re triggered by the food someone is eating because it makes you feel like what you’re eating is ‘fat gross pig’ worthy, or because their weight seems to have landed them a hot boyfriend, or because their body receives comments like ‘hot’, ‘sexy’ and ‘beautiful’ and yours looks nothing like ‘that’….. Just press delete and focus your attention on other things in life. Give yourself permission to step back from the noise, to crowd out the triggers and erase the reminders.
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