February 15, 2022
This week in The Nourished Mama we're chatting about the impact of dieting and how it can interfere in our lives in surprising ways. I've already written about the physical and social implications of dieting, so today I wanted to chat about how dieting and setting a lot of rules around food can significantly change your behaviour around food. I often describe this to my clients as periods of time when we try to outthink our biology. During these periods we engage in a lot of rule-setting or compensatory behaviours around eating that often end up backfiring in a big way.
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When we set a lot of rules around food and exercise this often results in a lot of pushback. You see this a lot when people “fall off the diet wagon” and think to themselves, well I’ve already eaten something bad today, so today is a bad day, and I may as well keep eating. When we set rules around eating, it's very normal to engage in rebellious or what I like to call "screw this" eating. During these periods we often eat more than what we would normally simply so we can make it worth our while. This all or nothing thinking regularly leads to feelings of guilt and shame around food, followed by compensatory restriction and a vow to do better next time. Here's the thing though, you can't outthink your biology. Every time you set food rules for yourself, your body will want to rebel, and you will forever be stuck in the dieting loop.
How can Intuitive Eating help? When you leave those diet rules behind, there are no longer any good or bad eating days. You don’t have that same emotional charge around eating or that same "screw this" mentality when you eat something that you’ve deemed "unhealthy" or "bad". Every time you eat is seen as a new opportunity to learn rather than an opportunity to criticize, which means that you can leave the guilt and shame behind. Not only that, but if you currently spend a lot of your day thinking about food, Intuitive Eating can help free up some brain space for other, more enjoyable, activities.
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