Principle 4: Challenge the Food Police

Principle 4: Challenge the Food Police⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣

👮‍ The food police are the voices in your head that enforce diet and food rules and constantly judge you.⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣

😠 “Better not eat that bagel. It’s high in carbs.”⁣⁣⁣⁣
😡 “You didn’t exercise today. You should eat a “light” dinner.”⁣⁣⁣⁣
😠 “Should you be eating that?”⁣⁣⁣⁣
😡 “It’s past 7pm. It’s too late to eat.”⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣

✌️ If you want your eating to be easy, flexible, and just not that big of a deal, the food police can’t stick around.⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣

🙌 God gave you the ability to self-regulate your eating, but that’s really hard to do with all the noise from the food police.⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣

💡 How can YOU begin to challenge the food police?⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣

🤔 Start by examining your own food rules: ⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣

🔹 Do you count anything (calories, macros, points, etc.)?⁣⁣⁣⁣
🔹 Do you have any rules about what time of the day is okay to eat?⁣⁣⁣⁣
🔹 Are there foods you avoid?⁣⁣⁣⁣
🔹 Do you believe carbs should be limited?⁣⁣⁣⁣
🔹 Do you think sweets should be avoided?⁣⁣⁣⁣
🔹 ____________⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣.

🔍 Next, think about where those rules originated:⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣

🔹 Social media?⁣⁣⁣⁣
🔹 Friends?⁣⁣⁣⁣
🔹 Family?⁣⁣⁣⁣
🔹 Health professional?⁣⁣⁣⁣
🔹 _____________⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣.
* Now, see if you can challenge those food rules:⁣⁣⁣⁣

🍪 If you think sweets should be avoided: “I’m working on making peace with all foods, and sweets are just another food – neither “good” nor “bad” – and I can eat them anytime I want.” (If this made you uncomfortable, check back in with principle 3.)⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣

✏️ If you count anything. “My body is incredibly smart and will self-regulate my eating if I allow it to do so. I don’t need to count calories, macros, points or anything else.”⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣

❤️ Challenging the food police isn’t easy and takes time so give yourself lots of compassion as you give this principle some thought. And if you want support, I’m happy to help. Check out my website [link in bio] to learn more.

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Kara Westrup