WHY FOOD AND EATING IS SO COMPLICATED
If food is one of the most complicated things in your life, then read on, this post is for you.
Think back to a time when eating was easy....,
Like, you didn't have to think too much about it,
you ate what you wanted,
pretty much stopped when you were full,
and it was kinda #NBD.
I am willing to bet that things only started becoming complicated after you started adding in food rules (likely in hopes of losing weight), that you learned from some external source in Diet Culture.
Maybe it was a diet like Atkins, or to not eat past 7:00 pm or just a general warning of sugar or to not eat more then 2 tbsp of peanut butter at a time. You get the point...
By using these external guidelines, we actually start to disconnect from our natural biological instincts around food and we attempt control or even ignore our internal cues around cravings or hunger.
As time goes by and we try following various rules and regulations without getting the results we want, our frustration builds. And the problem most likely snowballs into intense emotional eating or binge eating as a natural biological reaction to the restriction.
Many of us will spend years looking for the "right" diet or set of rules to solve our problems with food.
We will try going vegan, or paleo, or whole 30, or intermittent fasting all in hopes that it will make eating easy but it's not until we realize that the answers are within us, not outside of us, that true healing can begin.
Because here is the hard truth and some tough love:
If following food rules and restrictions created this problem, implementing different rules or more rules will not solve it.
In order to make eating easy again, we need to work on restoring trust within ourselves, letting go of alllllll the food rules and practicing intuitive eating.
After all, Intuitive eating is our default setting. It's how we are designed.
We didn't pop out of the womb with all these food rules, we popped out of the womb listening to our biological instincts.
Connecting to our intuition around food allows us to know what to eat and when with ease and simplicity.
I hope this cleared some things up for you!