I’ve been thinking a lot about dieting and self trust. I’ve been on some kind of restrictive diet for as long as I can remember.
Low carb, high protein, vegetarian, vegan, ketogenic, Weight Watchers, obsessive calorie counting, I’ve done it all.
And with every thing I wanted but didn’t allow myself to have, I was telling my intuition to take a back seat. I was telling my body that my brain knew better.
This behavior is dangerous.
With every skipped bread basket, passing on fruit (remember South Beach Diet?), cutting out X, Y, or Z, I was destroying my trust in myself.
This carried over into every other area of my life. Especially when I cheated on the diet.
“You can’t say no to bread, which is evil, who do you think you are to (insert literally anything here)?”
And the spirals continued from there.
Which is to say I know some folks NEED to restrict, and some folks CHOOSE to restrict, I’m not saying we shouldn’t care for ourselves.
But let’s be super fucking aware of what the consequences are in these situations. Let’s be super fucking aware of how we talk to ourselves when we decide we want to change our lives for the better.
For me, it all comes back to: “does this feel good?”
I trust myself, my body, and my brain to answer accordingly now. And damn, that’s a great feeling.