Thanks for all the blog post ideas from the last ‘5 thoughts’ post. I’m making a list and excited to address many of those topics soon!
1. I am so going to remake this blog post with all my favorite froyo combos. What a fun idea. We got froyo last night. Delicious as always. I went for cake batter + vanilla + oreos + strawberries.
2. When recovering from my ED and starting to incorporate more “off-limits”/fear foods, something that was helpful for me was focusing on what the nutrients in my fear food could do for me that was positive. Even if something tasted good, it was tricky in early recovery to allow the pleasure my tastebuds felt to override the myths my ED had brainwashed me into. Myths about certain foods being good or bad. I had to hyperfocus on the little things I could find positive about the food. Here’s an example of how this worked for me…if it was a milkshake or nachos I was challenging myself to incorporate, I would repeat, “calcium is good for my bones” while I drank/ate them. Anxiety can be sky high when incorporating all foods. Focusing on particular characteristics of food was really helpful in allowing me to cope with that anxiety during exposure therapy and not be overtaken by it (…that and having a therapist to work with who understood EDs).
Just wanted to drop that there in case anyone else finds it helpful when incorporating ALL foods :)
3. Eating food that makes you feel “BLEH” does not conflict with intuitive eating. (if you don’t follow Rachael on insta, I think you should. She’s super funny.)
4. As you know, I recently read (listened) to, The Gluten Lie, on Audible. It is a really great book, however the Audible version leaves out key annotations, which leaves you thinking that in the last chapter the author contradicts everything he previously wrote about as he promotes a diet. I HIGHLY recommend the book and to avoid confusion read it rather than listening to it on Audible. It is my favorite book I’ve read in the last year. If anyone wants to email me pictures of the last chapter of the book, I’d be mega grateful ;)
The book is great mainly because it points out that anxiety about food causes physical symptoms that makes people think they are “intolerant” or have allergies to particular foods. The book helps people become aware of the myths and lies that are perpetuating their anxiety around gluten, salt, sugar, etc.
Some great points made in the book…
- Be aware of the “no-cebo” effect (aka when you think something is going to make you sick and then you eat it and it does make you sick because you told yourself it would). HOLY SMOKES! I see this all the time in society and with clients, however I never had a name for it.
- There are easily 10 times more yearly deaths from EDs in the US than all food allergies combined, yet everyone is freaking out over being allergic to ‘x’.
- (shared this on insta) If you are making people feel more paranoid and fearful about feeding their bodies…you are doing more harm than good.
5. Last night Andrew came to the office with me and helped me hang some more decor. In our marriage, I kill all the bugs (while he stands behind me for moral support) and he hangs stuff for me. It works.
I love the below picture. We found it at a used office supply store for like $6. You can’t tell here, but it has a lot of different textures to it. LOVE IT.