How To Stop Obsessing Over Food

You can only think one thought at a time.

If you are constantly listening to that villainous voice that seduces you with food, then flagellates you for giving into the temptation, how much space is left in your brain to feel peaceful, meditative, kind, creative and feminine?

What could you do with that extra brain time? You could change the world… or at least be a more relaxed, loving and serene woman.

So, why are so many women plagued with this insistent and cruel inner dialogue?

Can you imagine your man going through this thought process:

I'll only have one bite. I'm not that fat, Freddy's eating it, why can't I? It's so unfair! Why do I have to diet?

Then you'd watch him eat it and once he'd devoured it, another voice would start up:

You idiot, why did you just do that?! I'm so ashamed... I'm never going to lose weight. I screwed up, I may as well finish the packet. 

You'd start thinking about sending him off to a disordered eating clinic before he could think one more psychotic thought. And you might give him a hug.

But as women, we seem to accept the villainous voice even though it exhausting and always wrong.

But the villainous voice is not God (even if we listen to it, like it is) and just like any Disney-esque story, the villain can be killed.

So don your amour, pull out your sword and slay the evil voice of food obsession!

Step 1: Make the commitment. 

It could be as as simple as "no sugar for 30-days," which means no coconut macaroons, no bites of chocolate, no 2-year old's birthday cake, no red velvet cupcake because you survived a week. No sugar for 30-days. Period.

Step 2: Up the stakes. 

If you falter on your goal, give up something you cherish. If you're a city girl, leave your favorite heels on the sidewalk for someone to pilfer.

The villainous voice will quiet down dramatically.

Step 3: Call out the villain. 

Call out the villain for what it is. An enslaver. But remind yourself that you have the power.

Step 4: Call on your inner goddess. 

Use her to silence the villain. She says, "I'm making the rules here, buddy. I'm the queen and I'm transcending all of your evil manipulative ways. I'm digging a hole in the dirt - just for you - in you go! Goodbye, villainous voice."

End of story. You live happily ever after... unless there's a sequel, in which the villain returns from the dead, in which case....

Step 5: Ask yourself if there's any benefit to the villainous voice? 

Is the villainous voice comforting? If it wasn't there, would you have to think about emotional voids that you don't want to address? Is there comfort in the extra weight you might be carrying? Would it feel foreign to you? If so, start a stream of consciousness and get out your fears on paper, then use tools to release them (meditation and yoga are very helpful) or work with a coach who can get to a deeper level.

Free your mind, reclaim your serenity and go and save the world.

If you need more assistance with this, join the Body Project class starting on January 15th.

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Dana James

Triple Board Certified Functional Nutritionist
Dana James, M.S., CNS, CDN, is a Columbia University–educated nutritional therapist and founder of Food Coach NYC. She holds her master's in clinical nutrition and is trained in nutrition biochemistry, functional medicine, and cognitive behavioral therapy. She believes that food should be viewed as nourishing, joyful, and fundamental to self-care. Her goal is to help women break their antagonist (and often obsessive) relationship with food and their bodies. She believes that true beauty stems from grace, dignity, and embracing our idiosyncrasies that make us unique and imperfect. Dana created the "How to Ditch Sugar" video series for mindbodygreen. Check out the program here: How to Ditch Sugar. Dana coaches one on one, runs workshops in NYC and LA, and holds tele-seminars on various topics that help women lead a more beautiful and balanced life. To connect more with Dana, check out her Instagram account and sign up for her biweekly Sunday-evening emails.
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