Have you ever felt anxious about what you eat? Have you ever developed fears about certain foods thanks to random diets, things you’ve been told or misinformation consumption?
You are not alone.
It sucks, but the reality is most of us have some kind of ‘good and bad’ ideas around food. And we can subsequently develop (usually unfounded) fears of them. Why is this? Weight stigma, nutrition misinformation, polarising diet fads and all around ‘diet culture’ is creating fear around food and eating for a lot of people.
What can you do?
1. Seek professional help. You don’t have to reach. Certain level of ‘disorder’ to qualify. If it makes you even just a tad bit unhappy and you would like to change that, that reason is enough. Mental health is for everyone.
2. Be braver in your food choices. Face a small fear every day and celebrate your accomplishment. The more you eat them the less scary they will be to you (and you will realise pretty much nothing happens). Don’t underestimate how powerful exposure is. Works amazingly well.
3. If learning about foods led you to this place, then spend time learning from content that promotes evidence based, lifestyle friendly, and body positive information.
4. Cultivate a more body neutral approach and work on your fears around weight and weight gain (easier said than done, of course!). However, it is worth deciding if a couple of kgs are going to dictate so much of the rest of your life.
5. Diversify your social media feeds. Remove some of the constant diet and/or body focussed you are bombarding yourself with. Include other things in you’re interested in: hobbies, people of different sizes, puppies etc.
You don’t have to resign yourself to this. Claim back your mind from diet culture.