I recently saw that Krispy Kreme launched a seasonal Reese’s Peanut Butter cup donut, and I’ll be honest, I couldn’t wait to get in and try it– what can I say, I’m a sucker for seasonal goodies. 😬
I even did a video on it on my Insta, in case you want to check it out.
I wanted to share this with you because I used to really freak out about eating donuts, and it got me thinking a lot about FEAR FOOD!
Quick story time…
When I was in high school, and over 200 pounds, I remember sneaking donuts, cookies and brownies from grocery store bakeries and eating them as quickly as I could before I got home.
Because of my weight, my mother was always putting me on a diet, so whenever my mom would catch me enjoying one of these foods, I would get repremanded.
I felt so much shame.
All I really wanted to do was to eat, and to eat without being judged. So whenever I was alone I would eat and eat and eat and became a secret binge eater.
Initially when I lost weight I did it by highly restricting my food.
There were years when I didn’t eat donuts, cake, or sweets at all because I was afraid that if I “slipped” I would go right back to my old ways.
Eventually, when I did have them again, I DID go back to my old ways because I was still afraid.
I had hated myself thin, so in my pursuit of perfection, having one of anything (cookie, donut, cake) off of my plan meant for me that I was a failure, I was doing it wrong, and I had no control.
This is why I am so committed to teaching women about losing weight with a maintenance mindset, and to ditch their all-or-nothing thinking when it comes to their goals.
Over time, I learned through flexible dieting, that by incorporating delicious treats (like the Reese’s donuts mentioned above) with an already well-balanced plan, MASSIVELY reduced my desire for binge eating, and actually helped me get to my weight loss goal because I was actually MORE compliant on my plan than when I tried to restrict certain foods.
So, I’m curious… how do you handle foods like this?
Do you restrict because you think eating just one will “set you off” and that you’ll be unable to control yourself?
Do you include treats on a regular basis?
If you’re anything like I used to be, then you know what it’s like to live in fear, and to worry that you “can’t handle” having one.
Maybe you tell yourself that you can’t tolerate carbs.
Maybe you tell yourself that gluten (and you’re not a celiac) and sugar are poison.
I get it.
I used to think that too.
What changed for me is that I noticed that by fearing foods, I actually gave THEM the power.
I made food sacred, and gave it control over me.
By allowing ALL food, and re-creating my relationship with all foods, I found peace with food and enjoyment with it.
My mission is to empower women because, friends, this doesn’t have to be a struggle.
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I offer a free 30 minute solution session to anyone who is curious about how to get to their goal weight, but is struggling to quit fearing food.
If it has been a struggle for you, then please know I am here.
I got you.