Let's talk Food Rules, from diets to disordered eating habits.

Share This Post

Let’s talk about FOOD RULES!

_

_

If you’ve ever been on a diet or are struggling currently with disordered eating habits, it’s quite likely. you are following some sort of food rules and you may not even realize it yet. 

_

Food Rules are simply just subjective rules followed with the intention of losing weight or manipulating body size and to appease the ever pervasive pursuit of remaining lean or thin.  For example lots of females are scared of Carbs and think that avoiding an entire food group will help them maintain a particular weight or leanness. When in reality in order to stay a particular weight you simply need to continue to hit the same calories you have been eating to be at your current shape. 

_

_

First things first! CARBS ARE NOT BAD! They are essential to fuel your body effectively especially if you are doing any kind of physical activity or strength training during the day. Without carbs in your t you’re gonna feel like crap at some point every day and wonder why.

_

_

Food rules are encouraged by diet culture and usually create a FALSE sense of moral superiority. (no you are not better than someone else if you following a diet which cuts out whole groups you are acutally treating your body poorly). 

In reality you could follow food rules for the REST of your life if you wanted to which would gradually DECREASE your quality of life and over time the food rules would impact your mental and physical health. 

_

_

I’m pretty over women telling me “oh I haven’t eaten carbs for years” or “won’t I get fat if I eat chocolate?” If you understand how to appropriately fuel your body and how to real nutrition panels then you are good as gold to eat whatever you WANT.

When you are ready to break free from harmful food rules it might be helpful to first start off by keeping track of all your current food rules by writing a list so you know what it is you are saying to yourself about those foods.  

Food Rules will often make you feel guilty about consuming certain foods. In other words we will feel guilty when we feel like we have broken a rule. When the guilt starts to grow so does the anxiety and preoccupation around food. (this isn’t a good way to live your life and it isn’t a healthy relationship to have with food full stop!)

_

_

Getting rid of food rules might sounds like too much freedom, however giving up rigid rules doesn’t mean you won’t still have structure and can’t maintain your current body weight at all.  Often a little structure is still essential for people who are healing their relationship with food. Try and allow all food groups to be present on your plate and be mindful of internal cues. Learn to approach food and snacks from a place of excitement and curiosity rather than fear is a good idea. Choose foods that you want to try rather than what you think you are ALLOWED to have. 

_

_

The desire to give up food rules becomes strong when they are causing you to give up things in your life that are meaningful or making you unwell. When you are confident enough to make your own choices for both your mind and your body then food guilt can’t survive. 

You need to trust yourself to be able to nourish your body effectively and give it the much needed fuel it deserves. 

Subscribe For More!

Receive more Becylu Straight To Your Inbox!

Similar Posts

Free Recipe Book!

Just enter your details below and we will send it your way.