By Sophie Kane, Radius Clinical Nutritionist
Disordered eating comes in many forms, and can have a huge impact on people’s lives and well-being.
- Do you feel out of control around food?
- Do you have obsessive thoughts around food?
- Do you experience feelings of guilt and shame after eating certain foods? – Are you tired of trying diets that don’t work?
These are signs you may have an unhealthy relationship with food. Having experienced these thoughts and feelings in the past, I know how difficult it can be when you’re stuck on the restriction and diet rollercoaster. It’s never too late to make a positive change in your life and get the help and support you need to create healthy habits.
It may surprise you that Binge Eating Disorder is really common and affects approximately 6% of the Australian population. Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is characterised by regular episodes of binge eating (eating an excessive amount of food, which usually takes place in a rapid space of time). These episodes can feel uncontrollable and distressing and feelings of guilt and shame are extremely common afterwards. If you currently binge eat, please remember, there is nothing wrong with your willpower, binge eating is a completely normal response to restriction or trauma.
Do you want to improve your relationship with food but don’t know where to start?
The first thing I suggest to my clients, is to ditch the diet mentality! Dieting, the obsession with losing weight, and the idea that thin is better are ingrained within us from a young age. Think about how many diets you have tried in the past, have they worked on making you feel better?
Most of the time, they “work” initially before you get tired of how restrictive they are and you miss eating your favourite foods. Start by working on rejecting diet culture and unfollow social media accounts that promote diets, weight loss, or that just don’t make you feel good about yourself! Toss your diet-related cookbooks in the bin and start surrounding yourself with weight-neutral messaging about food and body image.
The next step is to learn to honour your hunger and start eating regular, satisfying meals. This is crucial to prevent a physiological and psychological response that can lead to restriction or an episode of binge eating. Making and eating balanced meals including carbohydrates, protein and a healthy fat source will give your body the nourishment you need to support your energy, digestion, and keep cravings to a minimum, whilst also giving you the flexibility to enjoy the foods you love.
If you think you would benefit from expert mindset and nutritional support on your personal journey to cultivating a positive relationship with food and your body, click here to book a complimentary health call with me