Something I’ve been thinking about lately is the concept of being a normal eater. What does that even mean? Why is it such a big deal? I can definitely say that for a lot of my life, I haven’t been a normal eater. Like so many others, I’ve had an up and down, push-pull relationship with food.
In sync with my disordered thought patterns, I didn’t want to be a normal eater. I wanted to continue in my restrictive, “safe” ways. “Safe” ways that hurt my health, physically and mentally, and kept me from living a rich, full life.
Maybe you’ve felt the same way. And eventually, it gets to be too much. The obsession, the avoiding social events, the anxiety of eating something without knowing the ingredients list and calorie count–it’s not worth it anymore. You watch people around you who have a healthy, relaxed relationship with food and wonder, “How do they even do it?”
You want to be able to order a latte, eat ice cream, eat pizza after a day at the coast without, for lack of a better term, freaking out.
The ability to enjoy food–that’s what you want. Not obsess over it. Just enjoy it.
For me, pushing myself a little out of my comfort zone helped me become a normal eater. Not reading through menus before going to a restaurant. Listening to my body and my cravings and eating what I felt like Being around other normal eaters. Remembering that foods don’t have moral value.
It’s a process, for sure. (I feel like I say that a lot. But it’s true!) But all the hard work is worth it!
So tell me…what are ways you practice being a normal eater? And if you’re not quite there yet, who’s someone you know with a healthy relationship to food to be an example for you?
P.S. Eat something SUPER YUM today, mmmmmkaaaayyyy?
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