Three Random [Food, Body, and Life] Thoughts

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I don’t know about you, but sometimes within those first few hours of the morning my mind is rolling with different thoughts. A lot of times the thoughts I have revolve around food or body image. Yesterday, I decided to write a few of the thoughts down so I could share them with you. I finally had time to sit down and type them up, so here are three random [food, body, and life] thoughts for you. Enjoy! 

Experiencing life outside of dieting is a relevant part of healing your relationship with food and your body.

As you heal your relationship with food and your body it’s normal for your food/body thoughts to decrease and for thoughts around other life experiences, or stressors, to increase. 

The other day a client was talking about other things happening in their life and then paused to ask, “Is this relevant?” 

To which I answered, “Yes! Absolutely!” 

As you start to heal your relationship with food and your body, the skills you’ve adopted start to become integrated into your everyday life. As you formulate new skills and integrate them into your everyday life, you are making space for other thoughts and experiences. Since you are making more space for thoughts and experiences outside of food and body worries, you might find that your focus shifts to other parts of your life. That is part of the process and can even be taken as a sign that you are healing. And, if you ask me, that’s one of the most relevant topics to truly celebrate!

Self-care should be routine, not an elaborate endeavor.

When I talk about self-care I am not talking about weekly massages and manicures. Sure, those are wonderful activities and can be part of self-care because they force you to slow down and focus on you for a moment. However, I am talking about engaging in self-care as part of your daily routine. 

Self-care doesn’t have to be an elaborate endeavor and it honestly shouldn’t be. If we make self-care about those once-and-a-while things, like massages and manicures, when life becomes busy we set it on the back burner. Yet those are the times we need self-care the most. 

Let’s make self-care part of the routine! 

When I think of routine things that can be done to take care of myself daily, I think of things like prioritizing sleep over watching another episode of a show on TV, pausing to take ten deep breaths when I am feeling anxious, or trying not to compare myself to others. These are things I engage in daily to take care of me. The best part? They can easily be integrated into my life. 

It takes practice and time to make self-care part of the routine, but it’s worth it. You’re worth it. Be patient, my friend, and keep plugging along. 

Diets can be harmful to your wellbeing and that’s not talked about enough.

Diets should come with a warning label because the negative side effects can be detrimental to your wellbeing. I know that may sound drastic, but it’s the truth. One of the most common side effects that I see amongst people who diet are increased food and body thoughts. 

You are on this planet with one life to live. You deserve to live a life that is not going to be clouded with food and body thoughts. At the very least, you deserve to be informed by the potential harmful impacts of embarking on a diet.

Of course there are other negative side effects that come with dieting besides an increase in food and body thoughts. And, I want to share those too! However, I’m saving that in-depth conversation for another day.

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 Resources:

[1] Grodstein, F., Levine, R., Spencer, T., Colditz, G. A., &Stampfer, M. J. (1996). Three-year follow-up of participants in a commercial weight loss program: Can you keep it off? Archives of Internal Medicine 156(12), 1302.

[2] Neumark-Sztainer D., Haines, J., Wall, M., & Eisenberg, M. ( 2007). Why does dieting predict weight gain in adolescents? Findings from project EAT-II: a 5-year longitudinal study. Journal of the American Dietetic Associatio, 107(3), 448-55.