I bang on a lot, on this page, about the importance of teaching our kiddies to have a good relationship with their body and food.
But it's just as important for us grown ups to have a good relationship with our body and food, maybe even more important, because we are the ones role modeling for our children/nephews/nieces/grndkids/friends kids etc!
Eating Disorders are serious medical conditions that require specialist input (think anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder). Disordered eating has the same symptoms as an eating disorder, just the severity of behaviours are not as high, but the damage they do, especially to our mental and social well being is huge.
And eating disorders and disordered eating can happen to anyone, in any size. Lot's of people think "oh but I'm not skinny, my eating is fine, I just need more will power/more exercise/more healthy eating/restrict carbs/fat/sugar more"
But eating disorders and disordered eating can occur in anyone, in any sized body and poor health effects (physical and mental) can occur in small bodies, very large bodies and anyone in-between.
Normal eating is flexible, you eat ice cream when you fancy it, you eat broccoli when you fancy it. If you don't you can leave it there and it's no big deal.
Normal eating allows you to comfortably eat with family and friends, to enjoy social occasions, to sometimes over eat (say at Christmas) and sometimes under eat and it's not big deal.
Normal eating means you crave vegetables just as often (or even more) than you crave chocolate.
Normal eating means you do not place any moral values on what you eat, how you or others eat or the size and shape of your body or someone else's.
Normal eating allows you to tune into your hunger, to eat when hungry, to stop when satisfied, to eat regularly in a way that suits you.
Normal eating is enjoyable.
Normal eating means that when you are really hungry and there are not your favourite foods available, you eat what is served or what is available and it's no big deal.
If you have been on the dieting band wagon for too long and want a new approach, get in touch. I do face to face and Skype consultations ❤️
Hot, hot, hot day = need frozen yoghurt
Frozen strawberries plus plain yoghurt and whizz til smooth.
Saturday plans, but make it Taco Bell.
Yet let’s not call it a “guilty” pleasure, because that puts a moral value on food and none of us need more things to be judged on. Occasionally having something you find delish—even if it isn’t the most empirically healthy—is important for your sense of joy. Ya gotta live, yo!
That said, per the new-ish field of nutritional psychiatry, it IS best for mental health to cut down on processed foods and sugar. Several studies have shown that improving what you consume can help ease or even prevent depression. You know the drill: more fruits, grains, fish, veggies.
Meaning: Today, I’ll be having those tacos with extra tomatoes... 😅
Eating for Pleasure
Approaching meals mindfully isn’t just about upgrading your awareness — it can enhance your digestion, satisfaction and metabolism, too.
Why is eating for pleasure so important?
We are all programmed to seek pleasure and avoid pain. It’s the most primitive part of the human nervous system. So, when you eat, you are seeking the pleasure of food, and you are avoiding the pain of hunger. But here’s the trick: You can’t receive pleasure unless you are aware that you are engaging in it. So, if you’re eating food and you’re not paying attention — if you’re watching TV, talking too much, rushing or reading — you will potentially miss the experience of pleasure. And, if you do not get the pleasure that you seek, the brain often interprets that missed experience of pleasure as hunger. You’ll want more food, so then you’ll be wondering: Do I have a willpower problem? But there’s no willpower problem — the problem is we are not entirely there when we eat. We’re not getting the full experience, and so we are left feeling hungry.
So, what we think of as overeating is actually about underappreciating?
Yes, this thing we’ve called overeating is really a product of our culture, which has us moving too fast. And the faster you go, the less your brain and digestive physiology can actually experience what’s going on with food. It takes the brain about 20 minutes to realize when we’re full.
And the link between pleasure and your metabolism?
Pleasure catalyzes a relaxation response, and the same switch in your brain that turns on relaxation — the parasympathetic nervous system — also turns on full, healthy digestion and assimilation. Conversely, the same switch in your brain that turns on stress, anxiety and fear — the sympathetic nervous system — turns off digestion and assimilation. So, there is a direct biochemical connection between eating with pleasure and our digestion and long-term calorie-burning metabolism.
You could be eating your favorite ice cream cone, but if you’re miserable and stressed-out and guilty while you’re eating it, you are not receiving that pleasure.
Y'all. This fruit cup is the size of my head. It's accompanying my celery juice 😊 and there's no way I could smash this much fruit! I was stunned by the price and couldn't resist. Christmas cookies meet your nemesis! 😂 Please note that I'm drinking a small amount on an empty stomach in the morning and that is literally the only thing I'm really changing in my diet. Food is so personal, even more so than religion. You eat multiple times a day, putting food into your mouth and chewing it and swallowing it. Food is medicine: tell me the quality of what you eat doesn't effect how you feel mentally and physically later. I was a vegetarian and vegan for 15 years. I believe there are very real benefits of eating a diet filled with fresh produce and foods that we can pronounce, but however you choose to eat is on you and my preachy days are over. 🌮🍗🍋🍜🥚🥙🥑
You know all of this, I'm preaching to the choir, but please friends, be gentle with yourself. This is a heavy time for many and stress-eating out of overwhelm or even for pleasure won't make you feel your best. Bring your consciousness to your body and how it feels and listen to it when it speaks. And when you don't, bring gratitude to your body for knowing how to find equilibrium anyway. Oh god this is a bad pun, I'm sorry, I love you: HAVE A FRUITFUL HOLIDAY. Oof...😂 #nope #dadjokes #gratitude #yoga #meditation #awareness #bhakti #selfcare #selflove #energymedicine #foodasmedicine #foodnotbombs #eatingforpleasure #lovethyself #celeryjuice #sandia #iloveyou