Do you find yourself eating emotionally? Or compulsively eating? Maybe you have an eating disorder? We want to help you break free from the power that food holds over you.
So many of us are struggling with ourselves when it comes to food. We may be fighting our weight, trying to keep our appetite under control, agonising over food choices or regretting what we ate or should have eaten. From this place its easy to feel stuck and the idea of ‘normal’ eating may seem impossible.
Here are some questions to ask yourself to check in with your relationship with food.
- Do you try to avoid certain foods high in fat, carbohydrates, or calories or have forbidden foods that you don’t allow yourself to eat?
- Do you get mad at yourself or feel guilty for eating something unhealthy?
- Have you lost trust in your body to tell you when to eat or stop eating?
- Do you find yourself eating when stressed, bored or lonely?
Perhaps the diet-binge cycle sounds familiar to your experience?
- Feeling bad about your weight
- Dieting/restricting food
- Feelings of deprivation become strong. A desire for forbidden food increases.
- Give in to temptation. You will likely eat quickly without really enjoying the food and maybe eat a lot because, well, “what the hell, I’ve blown it anyway”
- Feelings of guilt and anger at yourself, lead back into step 1.
Finding peace with food
Imagine all the time, and mental and emotional energy you could regain if you weren’t constantly thinking about your eating or your body!
Healing your relationship with food is possible, and recovering from an eating disorder is possible, no matter how hopeless you are feeling. To really get to the heart of your relationship with food, you can’t simply look at what you are eating. Also looking at why you are eating and how you are treating yourself will be essential to finding peace with food.
Intuitive eating is an evidence-based eating philosophy which promotes a healthy attitude towards eating and body image. Intuitive eating allows you to eat in a way that makes you feel good as apposed to eating what you think you ‘should’ be eating.
A key principle is listening to your body’s cues and responding to your hunger and fullness. It also teaches you how to honour your feelings without using food. To do this you will need to distinguish between physical hunger (which is satisfied when you eat) and emotional hunger (which often causes guilt and self-hatred).
Intuitive eating stops the diet-binge cycle and allows you to make peace with food. You can find more about the principles of intuitive eating here.
Working with us
If you would like to work with us, healing your relationship with food, you can reach us here. Our approach is collaborative. Together we will work towards
- normalising eating patterns,
- reducing disordered behaviours and
- do this at a pace you can manage
- with compassion.
For information about other issues we can help with see our services