123. If you can’t stop thinking about food – is this why?

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Ryann Nicole

Episode Transcript

Hello, I’m Ryann, your host at the Food Freedom Lab. As a licensed therapist, certified nutritionist, and recovered binge eater, I’m here to share tips and tricks on breaking free from the struggle with food and body image. Join me in becoming the happiest and healthiest version of yourself. Let’s dive into authentic conversations.

The Secret Struggle: Overcoming Food Obsession

In the journey to food freedom, I used to believe my obsessive thoughts about food were a unique secret. Little did I know, many share this struggle. Today, I’ll explore why you might be fixating on food and assure you that you’re not alone.

Unpacking Food Obsession: Understanding the Five Triggers

Obsessive thoughts about food aren’t a personal flaw; they signal underlying issues. Let’s unravel the five major triggers that might be fueling your food obsession. Understanding them is the first step toward finding freedom.

1. Not Eating Enough: A Common Culprit

One major reason for incessant thoughts about food is simple: hunger. If you’re not eating enough or denying yourself fullness, your mind will persistently focus on food. Let’s explore strategies to nourish your body adequately and satisfy your hunger.

2. Mental Restriction: Breaking Free from Self-Judgment

Mental restriction, fueled by self-judgment, shame, or fear, can perpetuate food obsession. Even if you’re physically eating, the mental barriers may keep you fixated on what you can’t have. Let’s challenge these thoughts and break free from the cycle.

3. Lack of Pleasure: Finding Joy Beyond Food

Food is a source of pleasure, but relying solely on it for joy intensifies food fixation. Discovering simple pleasures in your day can redirect your focus and reduce obsessive thoughts. Let’s explore ways to add joy beyond the plate.

4. Poor Body Image: Shifting Focus from Weight to Well-being

Dissatisfaction with your body can create a destructive food relationship. Instead of fixating on weight, focus on how you want to feel. Aligning behaviors with your well-being can transform your relationship with food.

5. Making Every Decision Count: Redefining Significance

If every food decision feels monumental, it perpetuates obsessive thoughts. Zooming out and recognizing that not every choice needs to be a make-or-break moment can bring relief. Let’s explore the power of perspective.

Finding Your Starting Point: Tackling One Thing at a Time

Feeling overwhelmed? Start with the trigger that feels most manageable for you. Whether it’s adding pleasure, addressing hunger, or challenging self-judgment, taking small steps can lead to significant changes.

Closing Thoughts: Unveiling a Path to Food Freedom

Obsessing about food is a symptom, not the problem. By identifying and addressing the triggers, you pave the way for a healthier relationship with food. Virtual hugs to you for joining me on this journey in the Food Freedom Lab. Connect with me on Instagram @itsryannnicole or in the Facebook group at facebook.com/groups/itsryannnicole. Let’s continue the conversation.

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Ryann Nicole

Licensed Therapist, Certified Nutritionist, and Virtual Wellness Coach

Ryann is a licensed therapist and virtual wellness coach who has assisted individuals worldwide in establishing a healthier relationship with food and their bodies.

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