food rule challenge: pizza.
If you are someone who struggles with a food rule involving pizza, this post is for you.
If you have a food rule that says you are only allowed to eat x pieces of pizza whenever you eat pizza. Here’s an idea…
Instead of cutting a pizza into a traditional pizza shape, cut your pizza into differently sized squares. That way, instead of blindly following a food rule, you are forced to be present since you don’t know how much pizza would equal x slices and you must tune into your hunger and fullness cues and your satisfaction cue to tell you when your body is satisfied. Don’t let food rules run your life and distract you from being present.
Taking a step back…if you have a food rule that says you shouldn’t eat pizza because pizza is bad, I’ll just put in a note here that I don’t agree that pizza is bad because pizza is simply:
- protein – chicken/pepperoni/sausage
- carbs – crust
- fat – olive oil
- dairy – cheese
- (and sometimes) fiber – spinach/sun-dried tomatoes/etc
All the food groups our body needs to function are right there in pizza. Our body can process pizza just fine, it is our mind that can get in the way. Sure there are some people with a lactose intolerance or celiac’s whose body wouldn’t process pizza just fine.
But if you have disordered eating then the restrictive part of you likes to make you think your body is different. It likes to make you think that you have a special body that can’t digest pizza or a body that would have more and more weight gain occur if pizza is eaten regularly…and that is not true and that thinking will keep you stuck in your disordered eating. So I’m here to say that your body can digest pizza and, eventually through disordered eating recovery, you will be able to find joy and pleasure in pizza eating. In the words of my favorite Italian brother-in-law, “buon appetito!”