I used think it was impossible to actually be totally free around food and eat healthily. I thought if I allowed all foods, I would eat too many snacks or desserts, and I would end up feeling sick and overall, gross.
Here, I hope you find some peace of mind learning how to practice food freedom AND eat healthily!
1. Food Is Not Just Nutrients
True holistic health is not just calculating our nutrition and sticking to our fitness plan. It involves connection, freedom, pleasure, laughter, relaxation, and so much more. It is awesome to both be intentional about getting in our nutrients because we love ourselves AND to be intentional about prioritizing pleasure, connection, celebration, and memories that are created when we get to savor our favorite foods.
2. Following RULES vs Following LOVE
Are the food rules you have serving you and are they coming from a place of love or fear? Be sure to check in and make sure that the structure you have in place is realistic and loving. Rules often don’t take into consideration the fluctuations of our needs on the day and it is important to love and trust ourselves and slow down so we can be intuitive instead of being a slave to rules.
3. Structure vs. Obsession
Having some structure and a plan is great to help us feel our best. However, this becomes an issue when the structure becomes an obsession. Recognize that your mental health is just as important as physical health and if you start to get obsessive about your food and fitness, observe the fears that may be coming up for you and remind yourself that true holistic health is all about self compassion, freedom AND enjoyment.
At the end of the day, it is always your choice. Even if you have an allergy to a certain food, it is still your choice to eat that food or not and it is your choice to take on the consequences of eating that food or not. I hope this helped you navigate where you are at with your relationship with food. If it resonated at all, I would love to hear your thoughts!
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