It's been a little while since I wrote a blog post, but now is as good a time as any!
I've been struggling the past 2 years or so with food. I mean EXTREME struggles from going all vegan, to no-sugar, to all-sugar, to raw food... the list goes on. Not a day goes by that I didn't find myself with anxiety every time I made a meal and nitpicked every single ingredient I cooked with. I've watched every food documentary Netflix has to offer which led to even more anxiety about food. This became an ongoing problem, so much so that I gained 25lbs.
My whole weight-loss journey from the start seemed smooth and free of this obsessive behavior. I allowed the actions of other people and their lifestyles dictate my actions and what I am doing for me. I'm learning not to do that and to really ask myself, "Does this work for me?"
I have three tips, mostly for myself but feel others may benefit too, that I keep in mind as I work to keep healthy and free myself of the obsessive, anxiety filled behaviors around food. They are:
1. Don't Control - There are some things that we have direct control over, and some things we don't have direct control over. Based on those documentaries I saw on Netflix, I went as far as to not have chewing gum because of the aspartame in the ingredients. I would get anxiety over the thought of having a piece of gum because I feared it could lead to health problems later in my life. Then I would see other people chewing gum without a care in the world and felt deprived because I REALLY do like to chew gum. I've had to give up control and realize that the amount of aspartame in chewing gum will not do anything to me or my body. I don't have direct control over those ingredients.
2. Let Go - This piggybacks off of #1. I have to let go of control and the idea of trying to "save the world of toxins". Food is food. Sugar, for example, in moderation is something enjoyable and delicious. Sugar in mass quantities has some serious effects, but anything taken to an extreme level will have some kind of negative effect. Bottom line, "too much of anything is too much" (to quote one of my favorite bands @All Time Low).
3. Find Value - I don't see my weight loss of 150lbs as a "big deal" and always refer to it as "it's nothing". I've been doing this for a while and I tend to do this in other areas of my life as well, but that's for another blog topic, another day. I realize that I don't value the hard work that I put into losing that much weight. In order for me to keep off what I lost, I need to see and START valuing what I've done, or else maintaining or losing any more will have no purpose and be valueless. I started pulling out old pictures of myself to remind me of what I've accomplished. It's not easy but it helps!
I hope you get something out of this. We are all works in progress that do our best everyday. Until next time!