HOW TO HAVE “FOOD RULES” THAT INFLUENCE OUR THOUGHTS

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While disordered eating is not the same as an officially diagnosed eating disorder (DSM-V), the habits and rules around eating can significantly influence our thoughts around food leading to undesirable behaviors such as restriction or binging.  These behaviors, which seem innocuous at first, can spiral out of control and lead to obsessive thinking about what can or cannot be eaten, which can significantly influence our disease risk (by limiting the nutrition that we need). Some questions for examining our relationship with food include:

Growing up, were there specific food rules such as “cleaning your plate” or “no sweets”?

Growing up, was food readily available?

Is dieting a part of your childhood – did you watch those around you weight cycling?

Have you dieted in the past and how often?

How often does your social circle diet?

Have you been advised to follow a “special diet”?

Do you have forbidden foods?

What determines when you are done eating a meal?

Do you feel hunger?

Do you feel satiety?

What percentage of the day do you spend thinking about food, weight, or your body?

How often do you eat to “feed” an emotion? 

Do you have categories for “good” and “bad” foods?

How are you affected by food and body images on social media?

If these questions bring up triggering emotions or rigid thinking about food, then you may be trending toward disordered eating patterns.  Working with a nutritionist can help you examine these patterns and ensure that you are eating the right nutrients to support your body versus following rules that may cause further harm.

The ultimate goal is to be able to enjoy food personally and socially while following your bodily cues without the “noise” of the current trends.

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