There are so many diets aimed at improving health (GAPS, Gluten Free etc.). People claim it can cure chronic conditions and it’s so tempting to try them in case just maybe ‘this’ is the one that will end years of suffering (namely PCOS cysts and fibromyalgia). Is there ever a time where going on an extreme diet like these is not crazy?
There’s a lot of people I talk to who would love to eat anything they want and who psychologically and emotionally ‘get it’, but in the name of ‘health’ they ‘can’t/ don’t want to/ prefer not’ (i.e. for medical reasons, ethical reasons, religious beliefs).
If you’re suffering from an illness or a disease it’s very common place these days for your health care professional and medical doctor to use food as a treatment modality. A quick gloss over the research will yield that sometimes food is an effective form of medicine, and other times the results suggest not. One could conclude it’s case by case, condition by condition.
The important thing to remember here is that in striving to be a normal eater (if you haven’t read this I urge you to), the main prerogative is to eat in a way that makes you feel physically, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually ‘well’ and ‘good’.
Which means that there’s a high change that not everything you eat or ‘want’ to eat will make you feel ‘good’, or won’t make you feel ‘good’ all the time.Sometimes cake makes me feel ‘well’ and ‘good’, other times it doesn’t. I might feel bloated, stuffed, sore.
In discussing whether it is possible to go on a diet- which let me clarify is a way of eating in which you are emotionally attached to- and not feel ‘crazy’, boils down to how you eat: How you feel about yourself when you eat.
For a lot of people their way of eating becomes ‘crazy’ when they eat something that they ‘shouldn’t’ or ‘ought’ not to have had and it has a bearing on their core self esteem (e.g. “I’m a…….fat pig/ hopeless/ disgusting/ stupid/ no self control/ can’t do anything right/ unloveable/ disgusting” etc). For many of these people they feel this shame and hopelessness because of an (almost always) attachment to this belief that their weight equals their worth.
Furthermore to finish off whether you’ll likely end up being ‘crazy’ about this new way of eating you’ve got to ask yourself: Is this new way of eating a way of fixing my weight and self worth, or is it to genuinely make me feel ‘well’ and ‘good’?
I believe it is VERY hard to not feel crazy around food- medical condition or otherwise- when there’s underlying body hate. Therefore the degree in which people can successfully cut out food and not feel ‘crazy’ rests in the degree to which they disapprove of their bodies.
This completely relates to eating with medical conditions/ restrictions. You can choose to ‘break the rues’ because, “hey, that’s life”, and feel ‘hopeless, fat, stupid, unloveable etc’. Or on the flip side you can choose to not let food affect your self worth, hence you might think “I might be having a date with the toilet tonight” if you ate something that doesn’t ‘agree’ with you.
If you have a condition, illness etc and you’re interested in seeing if food can support your health and wellness then this is the best piece of advice I have for you: Telling yourself you don’t want to eat the food because it might make you feel ‘bad’, is very different to telling yourself you don’t want to eat the food because it means you’re ‘bad’.
…There’s a BIG difference,
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