Why Weighing Yourself Feeds Your Food Obsession

Recently, I’ve recieved some messages asking what my opinions were on scales and weighing ourself. Since this is also a hot topic with some of my clients I figured it deserved a blog post.

When we are obsessed with being a certain weight we are going to be obsessed with food. The two do not each occur in a vacuum.

The two feed off each other.

Our obsession with food increases every time we step on the scale.

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Willpower and Self Control Are Not The Answer

Hi Babes! Today’s post is about why self control and willpower are not the answer to our food obsessed problems. I know, bummer, we always think that is the key but it’s not.

If you are consumed by thoughts about food, like it takes everything in you to not eat the entire box of oreos in one sitting, while hiding in your room so no one can see, this post is for you.

If you are constantly thinking about what you should eat, what you shouldn’t eat, when your next meal is all the while day dreaming about pillowly soft cake donuts, this post is for you.

Typically what happens is we will be going along our merry way, eating the “OK” foods on our list when something happens. We get stressed, or sad, or anxious so we end up going straight to the freezer and start binge eating ice cream out of the carton while still standing up.

Been there, done that….,

When we realize that we have broke our diet we feel monumental amounts of shame and guilt, so we decide to eat everything in site because our “diet” starts again tomorrow.

Sound familiar?

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Two Lists to Change Your Relationship With Food, Plus A Free Printable

 

Hiiii beautifuls!

I was recently listening to the lastest episode of The Him & Her Podcast from The Skinny Confidential. Each week Micheal and Lauryn share a tip of the week that are generally pretty useful. Lauryn’s most recent tip was inspired by and adapted from Seth Godin and it was about making two lists.

Just two. That’s it.

As I was listening to it I immediately knew that I wanted to make those lists for myself and create two new ones for those of you who are in the process of creating a healthy and balanced relationship with food and your body. Its a journey that takes time and practice, and these lists are a tool that you can add to your food freedom tool belt.

Before I dive into the lists about changing your relationship with food, lets take a look at the original idea incase you want to do both exercises.

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Emotionally Full vs Physcially Full From Food

 

As you know, I lived in a diet mentality and dealt with an eating disorder for 10 years and it was a real fucking ordeal.

Every day for a decade my mind was consumed by the thought of food, calories, weight and the way I looked. The insecurity, self-doubt, depression, shame, loneliness, the hunger; physical and emotional.

It screws with you.

When your first and last thought of the day is what you ate, what you didn’t eat or should you eat at all for that extended period of time, it’s damn near impossible to know peace, joy, freedom, love or happiness.

It’s a self-inflicted food prison with no window to the outside. 

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5 Tips to Overcome Binge Eating Behavior

Most of us have at one point or another eaten too much, especially at a party or around the holidays (I’m looking at you Thanksgiving) but that is different from having binge eating disorder or being a binge eater.

Binger eating is characterized by consuming lots of food, in a short period of time and often past the point of being comfortably full. If you are overweight people might overlook the disordered eating and advise you to diet and exercise which could exacerbate the problem.

Not all individuals with the disorder are overweight but no matter your size living with this disorder is emotionally exhausting and very depressing.

People suffering in silence see their health decline and their hope of normal eating fade. But I say to hell with fading. I want you to know that there is hope and I have been there before and you can overcome it.

As you may or may not know I was a binge eater and bullimic for 10 years of my life. The behavior was so shameful for me and I felt very depressed but the truth is I wasn’t alone. And you are not either. Binge eating effects millions of people in the United States, prodominetly women.

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