Do worries about food or your body dominate your thoughts?
Maybe you wake up and the first thing you worry about is what you are going to eat that day.
Perhaps you spend a lot of your time feeling guilt around the food choices you made yesterday and may make today.
Perhaps you spend your day worrying about all of the things that you want to eat but "shouldn't" be eating.
Or maybe you go through your day feeling bad about your body, spending hours scrutinising every food choice and planning out which diet you need to go on from Monday or next week....
Spending a lot of time and energy worrying about food and your body can be exhausting. When your mind is very focused on what you can/can't eat and what you look like, it can make it very difficult to enjoy anything else going on in your life. You may:
- be around friends/ family but not really present or enjoying your time with them because you are too busy worrying about what they may think of how you look
- go on holiday but not allow yourself to go swimming/ on that spa day/ wear those shorts, because you are really worried about what you'll look like
- skip meals out and occasions to spend time with others, because you are worried that you won't have control over what exactly has gone into the food.
Worries about food and your body can take over... but do you really think that your life's purpose was to spend your days obsessing over every morsel of food you eat or every inch of your body? Do you really think that you will look back on your life in 30/40 years' time and be grateful that you spent all of your time and mental energy focusing on food/your body/ your weight? Do you not have other passions, people you love laughing with and spending time with, hobbies and interests, professional goals.... other things that you want to dedicate that time and mental energy to?
Obsessing about food and your body can also have a very negative impact on your mental health. It can send you down a tunnel of negative thoughts that then makes you feel very down about yourself and your life. It can also make it much harder for you to see the bigger picture and the options and opportunities available to you in other areas of your life..
If you have noticed that thoughts or worries about food or your body dominate your life, know that help, support and treatment is available for this. Often once you shift how you think about food (and spend less energy and time focusing on it), you are naturally able to make much more nourishing choices (as you are obsessing over food less and too busy enjoying your life). If you would like to book in a free consultation to see how we can help you to get some mental freedom from worries about food or your body, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org to book in a free consultation.
“I looked at him nonplussed. I realised that I have spent so many years being on a diet that the idea that you might actually need calories to survive has been completely wiped out of my consciousness. I have reached a point where I believe that nutritional ideal is to eat nothing at all, and that the only reason people eat is because they are so greedy they cannot stop themselves from breaking out and ruining their diets.” – Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones’ Diary