The title of this post is a lesson I think I’ve finally learned.
Say No To Food That Isn’t Worth It
Sounds smart, right?
As a recovering binge eater I find myself doing well when I focus on the quality of food I’m eating. In the past I’ve eaten some truly disgusting food combinations and plenty of food that was of questionable quality. With a binge it was rarely about what I was eating, it was only a matter of how much I could eat and how quickly I could get that painful overly stuffed feeling of punishment to soothe me. Twisted, I know.
In addition to helping my self out with self-care and preventing the emotional need for binges, I now try to focus on the quality of food when I eat.
I would NEVER eat some of the things I scarfed down in binges past. In fact, I’m at a point now where I am starting to pass on things simply because I know they won’t make me feel good.
Biggest example: sugar and dairy. These are two things that make me feel horrible especially if I eat a large quantity. (They are also the two things I used to love the most!)
These days I’m getting better at simply saying no to candy/sweets or passing on things with dairy. This isn’t easy all the time but it’s something that has taken me a long time to grasp.
Last night for instance we left a movie and Kepa wanted ice cream. There is a Ben & Jerry’s place nearby (smart location) and I’ve gone there tons of times to get ice cream. However, last night after a lovely day of eating it didn’t feel worth it. I knew it would make me feel a bit sick and the high amount of sugar would do me no favors long term. Plus, it was cold outside! It didn’t feel worth it so Kepa got ice cream and I passed.
Sometimes food isn’t worth it.
Another example – I love cereal but milk makes me feel gross. Sometimes I think I want to eat bowls of sugary cereal like I used to but I am content with not doing this because I don’t want to feel yucky after eating cereal. I’m learning it’s better to pass on things that won’t benefit my body.
If it makes me feel sick, or has no nutritional value, or doesn’t help me in any way, then I definitely consider passing. Food isn’t always worth it. That’s finally a mental conversation that runs through my head now rather than “food! must eat all! now!” any time I’m around something delicious. (Oh, compulsive eating, you jerk!)
Progress people, progress.