On Food Anxiety and Enjoying The Moment

Sept 13, 2016

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 (can 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.

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