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I often think of the third principle as the fun one. This is where you finally let go of your food rules. Let go of the idea that there are good and bad foods. Let go of the idea that certain foods are off limits. Let go of the idea that you can’t have treats in the house.
Now breathe. Because I know that the excitement of knowing you can live without food rules is soon replaced by fear. If there are no rules and no guiding principles telling me how much I can eat, I will just eat everything. Right? This fear is legitimate and it comes from the cycle of dieting and restriction. How many times have you had off limit foods that you finally caved and allowed yourself to have only to binge on it? Afterwards, you feel terrible about yourself and put the food back into the “cannot eat” category. Restriction, binge, shame and back to restriction. The cycle never ends.
So now that I’m telling you to make peace with food and allow yourself any food, you’re terrified that you will overeat as you have in the past. And the truth of the matter is, you likely will at first. You may find yourself three boxes deep in Oreos before you’re able to stop yourself. But this time, the binge won’t be followed by shame and it won’t be followed by restriction. This time you’re going to realize that you can have Oreos anytime you want. They are never going back on the do-not-eat food list again. With this knowledge, the Oreos are suddenly not so desirable. Remove the food rules and you remove the desire.
Now I’m not saying you will never want Oreos, they are darn delicious. But if you know you can have an Oreo any time that you want, you don’t feel the need to have one. It’s interesting, sometimes when you haven’t allowed yourself a food for a long time and you finally allow yourself it and truly taste it, you realize it’s not that good. It’s been the temptation and thinking you’re not allowed the food that created the desire.We always want what we can’t have right?
The best part about making peace with food is it allows you to think about food in a whole new way. Instead of good and bad foods, you can think of food in new ways. What food do I want right now? What food would satisfy me or make my body feel good? Sometimes the answer to this question may be an apple and sometimes the answer is an Oreo. Both are acceptable and you will start to feel the same way about eating an apple as you do an Oreo. No shame, no guilt and no worry about the consequences. That’s making peace with food.
Have you been able to make peace with food? Do you worry about removing food rules in your life?
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