HOW TO HEAL YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH FOOD
This post isn’t a fancy explanation. It’s simple, to the point, and absolutely straight-forward. The most powerful tool you need to heal your relationship with food is practice.
In order to heal your relationship with food, you have to practice Food Freedom. You have to practice living with a healthy relationship with food. You have to start making changes and continue to practice those changes every single day, even though you know it’s going to be difficult.
Practicing isn’t glamorous. It’s not something you can buy for a quick fix. And honestly, the whole process of practicing kind of sucks. But that’s the very reason why it WORKS. Practicing forces you to make mistakes, to learn from your failures, and to move on from every experience stronger than before. Practice requires time, patience, and dedication – and you need ALL of those things to heal your relationship with food.
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WHAT MAKES PRACTICE A POWERFUL TOOL?
The reason practice is so powerful is because you can’t fudge your way through it. There are no shortcuts, no one can do the work for you, and your weaknesses and strengths become incredibly obvious. Practicing shows you outright what you’re good at, and what you need to work on. The very definition of practice is: repeating something to gain an expertise in what you’re practicing. Simply put, you practice to get better and excel at something.
So why shouldn’t we practice in order to heal our relationship with food? Exactly, we SHOULD practice. And we practice by making small and simple changes every single day. But Bree, if we know how important it is to practice if you want to heal your relationship with food, why don’t more people do it?
WHY DON’T MORE PEOPLE PRACTICE?
Even though we know that practicing Food Freedom is the single most important thing you can do to heal your relationship with food, people still don’t do it. Why? For a couple reasons…
- We want Food Freedom right now.
- We don’t like to make mistakes.
1. WE WANT FOOD FREEDOM RIGHT NOW
It’s hard to give yourself plenty of time. Trust me, I know from my personal experiences with orthorexia and binge eating that living with a negative relationship with food absolutely STINKS. So the goal is to get out of that vicious cycle of binging and restriction as quickly as possible.
Our society makes practicing seem like a “waste of time”. Making the extra effort to practice can feel like THE hardest thing to do because we live in a society where we have to have it now… I want to buy it, I have to own it, I need it right now, I want to just live with Food Freedom already, like NOW, I want it yesterday, just PLEASE! But unfortunately, there’s no quick fix that magically heals your relationship with food. (I’ve tried.)
2. WE DON’T LIKE TO MAKE MISTAKES
The second reason we don’t practice is because we don’t like to be wrong. News flash: no one likes to be wrong. But if we’re never wrong, we’d never know what it feels like to be right! We wouldn’t be able to get better, stronger, happier if we didn’t know what it felt like to want to change. And you know you want to make changes – which means all you need to do now is start practicing!
HOW TO HEAL YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH FOOD
The simple way to heal your relationship with food is to start practicing Food Freedom TODAY. If you take a moment to think about how long it takes to make really big changes in your life, then you know that time is a HUGE player in the game. You have to have enough time to practice making mistakes, learn from those mistakes, and implement the lessons from those mistakes before actually finding success. And the practice that you need to do to heal your relationship with food is no different. What matters most in finding Food Freedom is having the time, space, and energy in your life to practice making sustainable changes.
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MAKE SUSTAINABLE CHANGES
The key that allows practice to heal your relationship with food is change. Practice makes it possible for you to find Food Freedom because you can do it little by little over time. Believe me, you’re not just going to make huge changes overnight – those types of changes don’t last and they don’t stick! (Which is exactly why most diets don’t work for very long). But if you make small, sustainable changes over time, it actually WORKS.
So don’t be discouraged if it’s taking a long time or a lot longer than you wanted it to. Because honestly, it took me a really long time to get to this place of Food Freedom now. I definitely hit rock bottom, but now that I’ve been consistently practicing personal growth, I figured out how to heal my relationship with food 🙂 And the most important piece of that puzzle? Allowing myself to take as much time to heal as I needed.
DON’T UNDERVALUE THE POWER OF TIME
One of my absolute favorite ways to think about time:
We overestimate how much we can do in a month, but we underestimate how much we can do in a year.
I can’t remember who told me this, but I’ve never forgotten those words. Practice truly compounds and makes a HUGE difference over time! So if you’re going to do anything to heal your relationship with food, just PRACTICE!
- Indulging at a birthday party
- Breaking restrictive habits and food rules
- Going out to a restaurant and actually ordering something you really want to eat
- Eating a slice of pizza with your friends
- Ordering that double scoop of ice cream instead of the single scoop
- Loving yourself even after a food binge
- Forgiving yourself for making the same mistake again
- Knowing that no matter what happens, you can ALWAYS move forward
… because practicing MATTERS.
So keep making those little changes! It’s not going to make a huge difference in a very short period of time, BUT, if you keep practicing those small changes for longer, they’ll add up to HUGE changes in your relationship with food. Trust me, these changes stack up and really move you forward towards Food Freedom faster than you realize. You may not see it in the moment but once you’re looking back on your transformation, you’ll realize how far you’ve come.
CHANGE YOUR MINDSET, NOT JUST YOUR ACTIONS
Small, sustainable changes WORK because you’ve actually changed your mindset, not just your actions. Your mindset is everything when it comes to Food Freedom. You MUST MUST MUST know that it’s all about the mindset when it comes to practicing Food Freedom.
And if you’re ready to take the next step, you can download my free intro to food freedom workbook and begin practicing YOUR version of Food Freedom. The workbook will help you evaluate your relationship with food so you can realize what changes you need to start making.
TAKEAWAY: PRACTICE FOOD FREEDOM
I know that Food Freedom might seem like it’s far away right now, but if you keep practicing and give yourself the time and space to grow, you will find it… I promise! So if you feel stuck, caught in the cycle of binging and restricting, or don’t know where to go from here – don’t worry! The more you practice, the closer you’ll get to Food Freedom 🙂
Without a doubt, practice is the most powerful tool you need to heal your relationship with food.
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Check out these tips for more information on healing your relationship with food:
- How to Listen to Your Body + 3 Rules for Mindful and Intuitive Eating
- How I Coped with Weight Gain After Weight Loss and Orthorexia
- How to Crush Your Food Fear + Stop Restricting Delicious Foods