How Mindful Eating Helped Me Find Food Peace & Freedom

How Mindful Eating Helped Me Find Food Peace & Freedom

I’m not always perfect but am so much better and the more I practice mindful eating the more peaceful my eating and my life get.

Feel the difference between dieting and mindful eating. This has been my experience...

Scarfing down a box of chocolate on the couch because you’re mad or tired just won’t make sense anymore. Before you savor that first bite of pleasure you’ll already have figured out what you really need (maybe a nap or calming tea). And how many chocolates will leave you feeling better, not worse.

Sometimes you’ll choose an extra helping of veggies at dinner, because it’s going to leave you feeling better and you WANT to, not because you’ve run out of points.

Spoiler Alert! There's No Fairytale Ending with Dieting

Spoiler Alert! There's No Fairytale Ending with Dieting

Would you put up with feeling like this in any other relationship? Move on...Write your own page-turner about BRIGHT new beginnings!

Chapter 1: Sexy dieting is but a flash-in-the pan.

”I’m sorry diet but this relationship isn’t working for me. I don’t see us long term, there’s too much drama and heartbreak. You’re sexy and full of promises about the things we’ll do in the future but I want to live now. This rollercoaster on and off again relationship just isn’t for me anymore.

Yes, it is YOU and NOT ME. I need a relationship that’s healthy, energizing and joyful. A partnership that will sustain itself for a long and happy life. I realize I deserve better, and I’m going to find out what better means for me.

Count good times, not points this holiday season.

Count good times, not points this holiday season.

I nodded politely but my mind was on diet math and fantasizing about 5 minutes alone with the butter tarts. Famished, my control slipping I would start to question my strategy of “saving all my points and calories today” to offset holiday drinks and dinner. On paper it should work but it never did.

 
Where there’s food there’s fun! Really? That’s not how I felt when I was trapped on the diet rollercoaster. I was terrified of gaining any weight and didn't feel I could "control" mysefl. Where there was food there was fear. Sugary, fatty forbidden foods I dreamed of… everywhere.

Hitting The Brakes Before 2 Cookies Turns Into 20

Hitting The Brakes Before 2 Cookies Turns Into 20

The shortbread cookies won’t get you. It’s what you THINK about the shortbread cookies that can turn holiday eating from festive to fearful. It’s easy to slip into Full Catastrophe Thinking over the holidays when food is aplenty!

I know what turning a couple extra cookies into a major catastrophe can do – it can turn to 20 in the blink of an eye (or passing of a fear-based thought).

I’d have more than I felt good about, maybe having four instead of two. Fear of gaining weight, shame over losing control and plans for depriving myself to “make up for” it were instant. The stress and disappointment were huge and impacted the quality of my life and holiday for sure.

What I needed wasn’t in the fridge… my story.

What I needed wasn’t in the fridge… my story.

The gnawing hunger became relentless but what I needed wasn’t in the fridge. All was not well, and when I turned a deaf ear my spirit started signaling me through my belly.

I didn’t know how to listen back then, mostly because when I did, the feelings were too uncomfortable and I didn’t know how to deal with them. I started using cake, chocolate and various other edible numbing agents instead. It took lots of cake and suffering before I was ready to accept that it wasn’t about food.

Chronic dieting had been the perfect set-up for binge eating. Emotional eating repeatedly without investigation into the emotions driving the eating had trained my brain that the shortest path to emotional peace was eating. And because of the dieting, that took the form of every food and beverage I would deprive myself of for the week or two before the binge.