As a Wellness Coach, when I ask my clients what their challenges or barriers are, a lot of them reply “Ugh, I just love food!”
Well, guess what? So do I. And so do most health advocates.
I believe a difference in someone who is struggling with nutrition or weight and someone who is not is the perception and idea of food. A common tip I give to my clients is go from OBSESSING over food to APPRECIATING it. There is a difference between having a piece of pizza and saying over and over again how delicious the greasy, cheesy slice is to just thinking, “Wow, this is delicious” and moving on. Essentially, food is just fuel for your body. It will be there if you eat 5 pieces or 10. If you don’t purchase it today, but maybe another time. It is okay to enjoy the food, but it shouldn’t be something you’re thinking about days later. It’s just food. It’s just fuel.
I started getting better at conceptualizing food as just fuel after reading Women, Food and God by Geneen Roth. You can check out her book on my books page here. Her book is about how we eat reflects how we perceive our lives. It’s a great book with some great quotes. She writes, ” Obsession gives you the illusion of feeling everything without having to be vulnerable to anything” and how it feels safe to be obsessed with something. She also writes, “Obsessions are ways we leave before we are left because we believe that the pain of staying would kill us.” Can you relate?
I want to quickly touch on unhealthy eating in this post as well. Even though I am a Wellness Coach and strong advocate for mental, physical, nutritional health, I am not perfect and I don’t always practice what I preach. I know, crazy right? I must really suck as a wellness coach…actually no. I am human, I get cravings and I know what behaviors and mental solutions there are to my “misbehaving” 🙂
For example, I love Reeses PB Cups, especially with ice cream. I want to hug and strangle the inventor of those things! Anyways, I occasionally (if you haven’t heard, moderation is key) get some Reeses ice cream, enjoy it, and that’s it. I enjoy it and don’t obsess over the fact I’m eating something unhealthy. I don’t think I failed as a wellness coach, I don’t feel like I have to start dieting, and I don’t believe I am a failure. Do you see the connection between obsessing over something vs. appreciating it and being able to let it go?
To end this post I’d like to leave you with one last quote by Geneen. I encourage you to reflect on it and provide any insights or comments after this weekend.
“When you believe in yourself more than you believe in food, you will stop using food as if it were your only chance at not falling apart. When the shape of your body no longer matches the shape of your beliefs, the weight disappears. and yes, it really is that simple.”- Geneen Roth, Women Food and God
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