Let’s talk about food…..

For the last two weeks I’ve eaten whatever I wanted when I wanted, and it’s been amazing.

That’s not something I though I’d hear myself saying, but recently I decided that I needed to do a HUGE mental reset about food. I needed to stop seeing every bite as a calorie, and start seeing it as nourishment for both body and soul.  I didn’t know what to do for a little bit, but I decided to do something a little ‘radical’ by my standards.  That something was letting go of all of my “food rules” and just eating what I felt like eating whenever I felt like eating. I wasn’t sure whether it would triggered a mental firestorm, or if it would be just the kind of holiday my body and mind needed. Either way, I knew I had to do something so I gave it a whirl.

There was no structure to my mini reset. It was just a free for all in the food department. The first few days we’re definitely “eat everything in sight” days. I ate pretzels and ice cream and just really anything I could get my hands on. I didn’t let myself get mad, I just let the process happen. Over the next few days I was still snacking away, but I found myself weaning off of it. And finally, at the end of the two weeks something happen that surprised me. I just fell into a more natural rhythm of eating. I wasn’t grabbing for calorie empty snack and sugar laden goodies. More importantly though, I FELT better. I was happier with my appearance and had generally higher self-esteem. Nothing had dramatically changed physically, but since I wasn’t worrying about how many calories I ate and how they would affect my body I was able to initiate the mental shift towards peace.

I wanted to share this mini reset with you guys because I think we could all use one when we feel really lost and helpless with what’s lurking in the fridge. Never forget that it’s your life and your body, and no one else should ever tell you what’s best for you. They don’t know you. Every person is different and has a different generic makeup that influences how food affects us. On the other hand, don’t be scared to seek help either. I love reading others success stories and how they view health. I take what they’ve learned, apply what I feel like would be useful to me, and if it doesn’t work it doesn’t work. No need to beat yourself up about it. Life is a journey, and there’s always room for improvement. I’m still a work in progress, and to be honest, I still have a long ways to go.

For those of you who are also on this journey, just know that I’m proud of you.  You can do this. There will be ups and downs, but you are strong and can do it. Never forget to love yourself unconditionally, and, more importantly, to forgive yourself (something we could all do a little more of).

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