Does Food Make You Feel Crazy?

does food make you feel crazy?We all have that one weakness. That food we simply can’t resist. The snack you get out of bed for in the middle of the night when your partner is asleep. The snack you keep hidden in a secret stash because you have to sneak it. It’s our achilles heel and it has the power to completely derail our diets and hard work.

For me it’s salty snacks. I used to eat an entire bag of chips in one sitting and feel completely terrible about it after. Not just physically terrible from the unhealthy and processed foods, but emotionally AWFUL. I felt like a huge failure. I was completely ashamed every time I overindulged.

Food was making me feel powerless. I felt like I had zero control over whether I had one chip or an entire family-sized bag. It made me CRAZY. Like an actual crazed person. The harder I tried not to eat my favorite unhealthy snacks, the harder it became to control myself and the more emotionally attached to the food I became. It was a terrible cycle that always ended in crumbs on my fingers and self-defeat on my face.

I eventually learned that it doesn’t have to be this way. I didn’t have to feel out of control when I knew there was Nutella in the house, or go into a state of panic about an office potluck. I took back the power in my eating relationship by quitting dieting.

All the guilt and shame and rules that come with regular diets are the problem. We feel restricted and we slowly start to obsess about what we’re NOT supposed to be doing. Then we slip up and eat an entire pint of Ben & Jerry’s and spend the next two days in a shame spiral feeling like we’re doing something wrong.

What if you could end that cycle?

What if you could eat one scoop of ice cream and be satisfied? What if you could have a handful of chips at a BBQ and not go back for seconds? What if you never had to sneak out of bed for secret brownies again?

Today I’m challenging you to think differently about your favorite foods. Instead of thinking of it as something that’s forbidden, think of it as an indulgence after a day of nourishing and fueling your body with great food. Let go of the guilt. Let go of the shame. And soon you’ll take back the power that food has over you.

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