Are you tired of being at war with your food and your body? ~
Take this quiz…
Many of us say we love food. And what’s not to love? It’s tasty, and it fuels our body.
But many times, I hear women say that they love food too much!
I hear women talk about how their relationship with food is fraught with struggle, that instead of being in the joy of food, they are in their own private food-jail.
Here’s a short quiz for you to get clear if you are really in a loving relationship with food, or if you’re imprisoned by your relationship with food.
- Are you eating your food quickly and barely tasting it?
- Do you eat standing up or in the car?
- Do you regularly bypass your body’s “I’m full” signal and keep eating ’til you are past full.
- Do you eat, and then give yourself a hard time about what you ate and/or how much you ate?
- Do you end up feeling uncomfortable after you eat?
- Do you ever sneak food or eat certain food on the sly, so your kids or partner won’t see you?
- Do you look at the world of food in terms of ‘good’ food or ‘bad’ food and then judge yourself
if you ate any ‘bad’ food?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re in food jail…and I bet you want to get out!
Absolutely! You should. Food jail is no fun, and you deserve to have a fantastic, joyful relationship with with your food, and your body!
Food and Body are two of the most sensual, pleasurable spheres of life, and yet for so many women the pleasure part is out of reach.
Here are three techniques to help you walk out of that food and body jail, and into the joy and pleasure of a healthy relationship with food.
1. Love the food that loves you back
Be sure that you are in a reciprocal relationship with your food.
It feels crummy to love someone but not have them love you back…well it’s the same with food.
If you are having a love affair with ice cream or chips, but then you end up feeling bad about yourself, that food is NOT loving you back. It’s time to break up with those foods that are undermining your self-worth, and create connections with new foods that are fundamentally more supportive. This doesn’t mean dieting or controlling your food, it means being in a respectful and honest relationship with your food and body.
I know, breaking up and forging new relationships can be hard to do – sometimes you need to get some support to you make this very significant leap.
Working with a coach that is committed to helping you step into out what deeply nourishes you, can heal your relationship with your food and body, get you out of food jail and support you in creating an empowering, enlivening and loving relationship with your food and body.
2. Be kind to yourself.
If you’ve been in food jail, you may have picked up some mean-girl habits, like being really critical of yourself.
To get out of food and body jail, it’s vital to shift the negative self-talk, and replace it with deep kindness and compassion.
3. Get support
You know how you want your kids to hang out with other kids who are a positive influence? The same holds true for you. Being influenced and guided by others who have busted out of food jail gives you the support to stay out of jail, and step into the joy and pleasure of your food and your body.
Food jail has become the norm in our culture, but it doesn’t have to be your normal. From someone who has spent many years in food jail, and made a great get-away, I say to you: “It’s really nice out here!” I invite you to love the food that loves you back, be kind to yourself, and get support. Imagine how that freedom would feel in your life!