Unanticipated eating can throw a wrench into the best laid plans. But that doesn't mean it has to be a "battle." Sharing food with other people is an amazing part of the human experience. Eating with others actually makes food taste better! But for many, fear of food and weight makes it hard to engage with and around food. Many try to "make-up" for treats whether by skipping meals or overexercising. While that might calm your mind, it does little to help you feel satisfied and enjoy the experience.
If you want to set yourself up to feel better around food, consider the following tips:
Real World Practice
These tips are all well and good, but let’s be honest - we live in the real world where a perfect stress level and eight hours of sleep can feel rare. That doesn’t mean all is lost and we’re stuck feeling controlled by snickers. Slowing down before engaging with food is a wonderful way to check in to see what’s driving your food desires.
So before you dip into the office bowl of candy, take 1 minute to close your eyes, take a deep breath, and gently explore your physical and emotional state:
None of these reasons are wrong to engage with food. Instead, it’s a gentle reflection to begin exploring underlying needs that can get tangled up with our food motivations. If you do decide to enjoy food for whatever reason, make sure to give the experience some of your attention, instead of nibbling on it in the background while reading blog posts (ahem). More on distracted eating another time.
And if you're finding yourself particularly challenged around foods, perhaps the next post is right for you.
Stay nourished friends!
DISCLAIMER: The writing here is for informational and educational purposes only. It is NOT a substitute for individual care. Your needs may vary. or individual support, please contact a provider.
Please note it's been a number of years since I have updated these posts. The content and philosophies may have changed as I've grown as a provider. Please reach out with questions or concerns.
Dietitian, personal trainer, mother, wife, runner, and endurance athlete supporting well-being, one bit and bite at a time