Happy Tuesday all! Hope everyone had a great Monday. My day was pretty relaxing, spent just getting prepared for the upcoming trip to Boston. So excited for this adventure!
I have a confession, I still sometimes find myself living the life of a dieter.
Sometimes we aren’t conscious that we are participating in a “diet mindset“. A lot blogs, members of our families, friends, magazines, media, or specific diet/exercise plans have convinced us of specific food and exercise behaviours that aren’t necessarily healthy.
*Dinner; I have a ton of ripe avocados and veggies I need to use up before I go away, so my meals will consist largely on these things for the next couple of days. Its fine though, I don’t think I can get sick of roasted veggies.*
A majority of these plans have us label certain foods or even food groups as “good” or “bad”. If we eat foods we feel are “bad” it allows us participate in self hatred or judgements of ourselves. This screams unhealthy living!
Most times we are convinced that these things are truly healthy for us. We may think that it is okay be restrictive with the amount of food, or which foods we are “allowed” to eat.
We restrict ourselves to a certain schedule, not letting our bodies let us know when they are hungry by denying the feeling of hunger and not eating until a “designated” meal time.
*I roasted the broccoli slaw, zucchini, and tempeh in a combination of coconut oil, nutritional yeast, dill, and a few dashes of red pepper flakes. Of course, there’s the avocado on the side.*
Some consequences of suffering from a diet mindset include…
Black and White thinking
I have been there, setting strict goals for myself. If I deviated from these rules, I would make horrible judgements about myself and allowed negative thoughts and criticism to overcome my space.
Extreme Focus on Weight
Before and even during recovery, I was so focused on my weight that it became the main focus in my life. I would make decisions based on my current weight and felt that I was more deserving of “treats” or “unhealthy” foods because of this. I felt happy if the scale showed a lower number than the day before and always thought if I just lost “x” amount of pounds I’d finally be happy with myself.
We need to become aware in how we are viewing the way we think we “should be” eating, exercising, looking, or feeling. Our society can easily influence us on unhealthy behaviours that claim are the next big miracle diet or workout routine. Which allows us to project their views and behaviours into our own lives.
How can we live a healthy lifestyle if we are setting unrealistic expectations for ourselves. If we don’t exercise, we shouldn’t judge ourselves as being fat or lazy. It’s unhealthy to exercise only because of fear of weight gain, or working out only because we fear we are being lazy.
*Fast forward to this mornings Breakfast; I made a bowl of overnight oat bran, seriously I’m obsessed! 1/3 cup oat bran, 2 tablespoons coconut flour, 1/3 cup egg whites, 1 tablespoon chia seeds, 1/3 cup pumpkin, stevia, cinnamon, and raw cashew butter to top it off.*
The important thing is to focus on exercise and nutrition for the benefits it gives to our health.
If we are extremely focused on any of the above things, our minds are stuck in this food obsession. It’s therefore impossible to develop a positive relationship with our bodies. It’s a healthy thing to leave behind the diet thoughts and behaviours with no restrictions to what we eat.
Full control comes from being in complete trust in ourselves with any food, in any situation. Trust your body; this creates the intention to overcome unhealthy eating habits.
Remind yourself that this is a diet mindset and that being stuck in these thoughts leave you stuck with patterns of under or over eating. If you are doing the best that you can, that is good enough!
There are many more consequences in allowing our minds to remain in this diet mentality, but these are the main ones I have been looking at and have experienced myself.
Can you think of anymore consequences to living in a “diet mindset”?
Have you ever suffered from comparing yourself to others habits and thinking less of yourself because of them?
Do you fall victim to diet and exercise plans like paleo? low fat? low carb? etcetera…
I hope everybody is having a magnificent day!:)