The reason most diets fail and people gain their weight back and more is because of one feeling.
It is the feeling of deprivation.
We feel deprived when we tell ourselves that we can only eat certain “permitted” foods, that there are foods that are “bad,” “unsafe,” and “off limits.”
This food labeling is a problem, and should be eliminated from your thinking.
Instead of denying oneself of certain foods, the practice mindful eating allows us to eat all foods. This is the only way to a sustainable and harmonious relationship with food while reaching and maintaining your healthy weight.
In her book, The Mindfulness-Based Eating Solution, Dr. Rossy gives three food wisdoms when it comes to previously denied foods. Her three wisdoms will help you overcome your anxiety around these foods.
THREE FOOD WISDOMS:
- Eat with permission – reintroduce foods that you have forbidden yourself from eating, or foods that you have labeled “bad” or “unsafe.” Explore if you feel guilty or criticize yourself when you eat it. Be curious what you think and feel around it. See if you can trust yourself around it. And slowly allow yourself to eat it, following wisdoms #2 and #3.
- Eat just enough – this requires mind-body connection. Allow yourself to eat any food in the amount that your body requires to be satisfied. Check in with your body below the neck and gauge your hunger. Stay present, and truly enjoy and savor every bite until you have had just enough.
- Know and respect your habits and triggers with food – this requires that you take note of your common habits around mindless eating. Eating any food when you are distracted leads to overeating. Once you recognize your patterns, and still choose to enjoy your challenging food, decide ahead of time the amount that will be enough for one sitting. Practice mindfulness while you enjoy the food and decide that it will be a guilt-free experience.
Use these food wisdoms to practice mindful eating to have a healthy and harmonious relationship with all foods.
After all, we are the boss! Food is not able to reciprocate feelings. Why not eliminate the unnecessary burden and work toward food freedom.