You never allow yourself a treat or indulgence because you feel guilty at the thought of eating anything but perfectly healthy foods. You fear unhealthy foods. I can so relate.
And when you do finally treat yourself, you cannot help but overeat/binge on those foods. Burying yourself in huge amounts of guilt and self-loathing.
Deprivation and restriction = overeating and bingeing.
This is why indulging should be a part of a healthy life and why it helps people actually stabilize their weight.
I used to be a chronic fad dieter. I would restrict and deprive myself with food. I would only eat diet foods that were low in calories. I would then break and eat something I was craving – ‘a forbidden food’ – and then I found myself unable to stop eating that food (a.k.a. binging) because of my ‘I’ve blown it…may as well keep going’ sort of mentality. I would bury myself in guilty thoughts.
This would also cause my metabolism and body so much stress this made my weight very difficult to control.
I believe indulgence has helped me heal my relationship with food
Let’s reset our minds to embrace indulgence in moderation. I believe this is the secret to finding freedom with food, and still losing weight. It’s about remembering that you can always have more chocolate or another piece of cake at a later date. You don’t need to eat it all now. I believe it comes from a deep fear that there’s not enough food or a fear of not being enough.
Know that you are enough, and that you have enough.
Why can’t you tell yourself that you can have some later or tomorrow? Give yourself permission to have more. Tell yourself, ‘I can have more chocolate tomorrow.’ Often this will help you to not binge on the chocolate. Knowing this seems to alleviate overeating or bingeing.
Give yourself permission. Give up restriction.
An Exercise In Indulgence
Eating can be such a pleasurable experience. Don’t rush it and eat what your body is craving. Try your best to remove all judgment about what you are about to eat – instead, focus on slowly enjoying each mouthful. When you start to become a conscious eater you learn the art of moderation – you become aware of when you are full. Try your best to remove all judgment about what you are about to eat – instead focus on slowly enjoying each mouthful. Judgment around food causes stress, which makes it actually harder to digest that food. Remember that 80% of the time your goal is to eat nourishing wholefoods and then there will be 20% of imperfect eating – that’s balance.
So enjoy each meal. Food is so good for the soul.
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