Your body can process everything…it’s your mind that gets in the way.
I hate the whole idea that we have to be careful around food. There is so much information out there telling us how to eat and you (and the freaking media/beach body people/weight watchers peeps/Whole30 dieters) need to remember that your body can process everything…it’s your mind that gets in the way.
Your body is perfectly capable of processing all types of food, but for some, your mind isn’t okay with you eating particular foods.
If I had a dollar for every time a client told me they can’t eat grapes because they have too much sugar. Or that they can’t eat sushi because ‘X’ pieces of sushi has as many carbs as a piece of white bread…
My thought is, “well I hope fruit has sugar and sushi has carbs! I need sugar/carbs just like I need protein and fat!” Simple carbs (like the carbs in brownies, baked goods, white breads, candy) are just digested more quickly than complex carbs. Their molecular structure has fewer components so your body can break them down quicker. That doesn’t mean simple carbs are bad and should be avoided. I mean, I don’t imagine you judge your hand for not seeing or your ear for not smelling, so why would you judge simple carbs for being digested quicker than complex carbs.
Simple carbs have a different purpose in your body than complex carbs, just like your hands have a different purpose than your eyes. Simple carbs are for immediate energy and complex carbs are for more gradually released energy. Neither are good or bad…they are just different. And your body can handle you eating a variety of both.
So I’d love for today’s comment section to be like a virtual eating disorder/disordered eating support group. If you feel compelled, I’d like for you to…
- vent about the disordered things related to food/exercise/body your diet-loving coworker says
- share something you used to believe was true when you were in your ED but now realize how dangerous that thought was
- share a disordered thought about food/exercise you still believe is true and are trying to call on your rationale mind to reason though
- share a body acceptance/body love realization you’ve had recently
- share anything you think would be relevant
If you’re in a place to give support, feel free to support other readers via commenting on their comment. I’ll put in my input as much as I can too<3
(p.s. Give the comments below a couple days to build up…but if after reading through the responses you feel like you don’t know how to eat and you need a bit more support. The ‘How To Eat’ Module from the How to Eat course may resonate with you and help you tap back into your body’s wisdom of how to eat. I don’t think people need more education on nutrition to remember how to eat…they just need help awakening the instinctive eater inside of them. And that is what the entire course helps you do. Additionally, all the course modules are now available individually so you can pick and choose the ones you need most.)