Even when you feel you need to restrict foods for medical reasons, restriction may lead to feelings of deprivation and overeating. Let’s tackle this difficult challenge.
By recognizing the assumptions we make, we can join together to identify and treat eating disorders in ALL bodies.
This is a common challenge in our weight-focused culture. Family members, usually out of concern, and only occasionally out of cruelty, will urge an individual to focus on weight loss—despite all of their previous unsuccessful attempts.
Setting your intention is the guide that points you in the direction you want to go. Taking small, manageable steps is how you get there!
It may be difficult to accept that mindful eating is a process, not a quick fix. Here are some ways to keep your mindful eating practice going.
I like the idea of acceptance if I’m feeling whole, peaceful and serene, and I abhor the idea if I’m emotionally triggered and spiritually bankrupt.
I began to recognize that when I wasn’t on my own side, there were consequences to my mood and self-esteem, that contributed to wanting to use food to soothe myself.
Over the years, the habit of eating forbidden foods in secrecy became more and more engrained. Every time I unconsciously ate in solitude and hid the evidence, I built layers of shame over one of my basic human needs: eating for enjoyment.
Getting a truer picture of the association between weight and BED can help us challenge misinformation that we come across. More important, it helps us focus on treating the underlying binge eating disorder without being distracted by one’s weight.