Do you feel like you have a challenging and frustrating relationship with food?
Well, Ann, one of our Mindful Nutrition Method™ students, found she was feeling that way. She was very frustrated with food and had a bad relationship with food. She realized she had a problem with overeating and overeating, which was really starting to affect her life.
She experienced issues of self-confidence, low self-worth, and stress that really took a toll on her emotions, which affected her eating habits.
The good news is that she is now aware, empowered, and fully present around food to the point where she is more conscious of her eating habits than she is of overeating or undereating. Using the tools within the Mindful Nutrition Method, she created a level of awareness that gave her the clarity to connect emotions and her eating habits to take the action she wanted – to stop overeating or emotional eating.
If you’re feeling the same way about food, you’re not alone.
Watch this video to hear about Ann’s full journey of developing a more present and positive relationship with food!
Challenge: Disconnected and Emotional Eating
Ann shared that having a poor relationship with food was frustrating, where overeating, binge eating and emotional eating were present in her experience.
She realized that in addition to feeling low self-confidence and self-worth, her emotions were guiding a lot of her food choices.
“Before getting into Method, I was frustrated with food and had a very bad relationship with food.
I had a problem with binge eating, so this method has helped me understand my personal and specific reasons why I would overeat and the relationship between the emotion and the food.
And Ann isn’t alone. Our eating habits, such as binge eating and emotional eating, can come from many other factors in our lives, including the way we grew up, the mindset we adopted over the years, the diet culture, and simply ourselves. are feeling
What supported Ann to stop overeating
To break out of the dieting cycle where emotional eating and overeating exist, you need to tap into your mindful muscle to be present around food. This then helps you discover a new relationship with food where you are more attuned to why certain actions take place.
This level of awareness and building the mindfulness muscle supports all of the choices you’re making around food. A balanced relationship like this allows you to tune into your body, feel confident in your choices, and free from the stress of the scale.
Here are some tools Ann used to help her develop a more present and positive relationship with food!
1. Becoming more aware and present with her feelings
One of the primary concepts we focus on inside The Mindful Nutrition Method™ is listening to our bodies and being present around food, this includes our thoughts and feelings around food. Students learn to tune into their body and trust the messages it is sending so they can feel confident about the choices they make for themselves.
This helps eliminate the feeling of constantly stressing about food or letting emotions take over.
Learning this skill allowed Ann to approach her emotions in a different way. She began to check in and reflect on her feelings – what food did she eat when she felt stressed? angry? Etcetera.
She worked with her feelings instead of working against them.
“But to break down what happened this week and how it affects your eating, my eating, I think, has been really helpful … I could really tune out in those moments when I thought about it.” I was extremely stressed, and frustrated, and angry, and how that turned into my eating, or in some cases, so happily, I could say, “Okay.” I know these feelings are here and it No… I don’t need to associate it with food…”
The check-in practices we teach inside MNM guide you to tune into your body and understand why you choose to make certain food decisions over others. They allow you to bring awareness to the patterns of your eating habits. You then learn how to best align your actions with what works best for you.
This intrinsic knowledge makes it very easy to make changes. You are no longer doing what someone else is telling you to do. Instead, you are using your self-awareness to feel the confidence that allows you to feel your best.
2. Shifting Your Focus to Self-Compassion and Resilience
Another change that Ann experienced while using the Mindful Nutrition Method was releasing the negative self-talk or critical talk she had when she made a food choice that she didn’t intend to.
“…I learned a lot about not beating myself up about it. If I’m stressed or angry and I eat something I didn’t want to or wasn’t as healthy as I wanted, that’s okay. Just let it go, it happened and move on. And the next thing I eat may be healthy or I may re-evaluate that feeling.”
This took away the pressure and frustration around food that she was feeling earlier.
This self-compassion was reflected in her food choices as well, freeing herself from a good versus bad food mindset.
“…you can have a milkshake sometimes. This is not a bad thing. And if you’re having a bad day, sometimes you can have a milkshake, and that will make you feel better. But I think to be mindful of it. Maybe it’s the mindset really… I think, what’s really changed is that I’m more conscious of what I’m doing and more present when I’m cooking.
“What has really changed is that I am more aware and more present of what I am doing and this has had a positive effect on preventing overeating.”
Learn the practices you can use to stop being so stressed about food
It’s such a beautiful change from Ann. We are so grateful for her to be a part of her journey in making this all possible!
Now you can learn exactly how Ann, along with so many other students, experienced transformation with their eating habits using our Mindful Nutrition Method™ by watching our free masterclass.
You’ll learn the #1 habit that keeps you struggling with your weight and your relationship with food – and how to break free from dieting and food obsession, starting now.
You don’t need to stress and obsess over food. There is a better way and yes it is possible to have a positive relationship with food! Join this free Balanced Eating Masterclass to find out.