On Food Anxiety & Enjoying The Moment

Today I want to chat a bit about feeling guilt or anxiety about not eating “perfectly” or “healthy” all the time. This topic is something I’ve touched on before, but it’s always worthy of more air time.

For four days over the weekend, I had family in town and every single evening (and one morning!) we’ve eaten out. We’re talking nice restaurants where I tried something that sounded delicious rather than opting for the healthiest option. Oh, plus a nice little cocktail hour with cheese and crackers before dinner (cCan I get a yum?).

Old Katie would have been FREAKING OUT. I would have been eating as few calories as possible during the day and I would have chosen dishes based on how many calories they had, rather than what I actually wanted to eat. I would have been so nervous about being bloated, gaining weight, and feeling horrible about myself.

Wanna know something?

I didn’t gain 1,000 lbs!

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I didn’t blow up like a balloon. All my clothes still fit the same. The world didn’t end.

Are you shocked? You shouldn’t be.I used to think the world was going to end if I ate anything unhealthy. I used to get serious anxiety about everything I ate – focusing only on high volume and low-calorie foods. Cheese? NO WAY! Real peanut butter? I don’t think so!

I used to think the world was going to end if I ate anything unhealthy. I used to get serious anxiety about everything I ate – focusing only on high volume and low-calorie foods. Cheese? NO WAY! Real peanut butter? I don’t think so!

But you know what? All that stress just caused my body to hang on to fat. Stress, plus the fact that my body was STARVING and not getting in all the food groups, would have potentially led to weight gain. So in reality, when I thought I was doing everything in my power to be thin, I was doing myself and my body a huge disservice by the way I was eating. Not to mention my mind…

Yes, I’m going back to my healthier routine today because eating well 80% of the time makes me FEEL good and I know that eating rich food isn’t sustainable for me. But a few days enjoying delicious food with good company didn’t ruin my goals.

It’s okay to indulge every now and again.

It’s okay to enjoy good food with family and friends. It’s good for the mind and the soul. So no need for all that anxiety anymore.

Take a deep breath, and live in the moment.
Quote on eating disorders: And i said to my body. softly. 'I want to be your friend.' It took a long breath. And replied 'I have been waiting my whole life for this.' -Nayyirah Waheed. www.HealthyPlace.com:

Do you stress about eating out and not controlling your food?

What’s your favorite dish to get when you eat out? 

8 thoughts on “On Food Anxiety & Enjoying The Moment

  1. Sara @ Oats & Rows

    I typically don’t stress myself out, but I do get stressed out sometimes in social situations or when I feel like I am being judged by what I am eating. When I am out to eat, I try and order something that I wouldn’t usually make at home!

  2. Evangeline

    I love this reminder. I really try not to stress about not being in control of my food, but I’ll admit there are times when I get a little anxious. It’s so silly to worry about ballooning after an indulgent day, or heck even after an indulgent week, because it really has no impact on our overall health. Aren’t are body’s so smart? They can bounce back so quickly, it’s just the mind that takes a little coaxing.

    1. Katie Post author

      Totally agree on getting something you don’t make at home! I LOVE when I find something gluten free when I’m eating out!

  3. Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    I try to remind myself of this if im ever feeling those feelings. I love to indulge in fries and dessert when im out. I love love love fries and if theres a gluten free option dessert, you better believe im getting it!

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