Achieving Food Freedom
You deserve to live a life that is not defined by your weight, shape, or food choices. The question is, how do you get from a place of body hatred and diet obsession to one of true food freedom, in which your own biological hunger and satiety cues are in control? It is a long process but a worthwhile one. 100 Days of Food Freedom is a project dedicated to giving you the clear-cut answers and a way out of the madness, without all the platitudes and fillers.
The Steps to Food Freedom
Recovering from the ultra-restrictive diet mindset you have in place is a simple endeavor, but not an easy one. It is simple in the sense that there are definitive actions you can take, starting today, to guarantee you will get to that place. But it also requires you to open three things: your mind, your heart, and your schedule. The journey to recovery does not need to (nor should it) be a grueling process of uncomfortable weight gain, fullness, and depression. In fact, those who have experienced the most success in recovering from restrict-binge or binge-purge cycles will tell you that the only way to get through recovery is to truly and sincerely enjoy the process. While it is an intricate process composed of specific steps, these four key steps broadly cover the path to food freedom.
1. Alignment with your biological hunger/appetite cues
Begin by aligning (or, more accurately, re-aligning) your body's cues to eat and to stop eating. When you hand that control back over to your own body, it no longer has to fight against itself.
2. Mindfulness and self-care
Basic mindfulness practice teaches many immediately actionable skills, such as:
Noticing and naming
The "beginner's mind"
3. Fear Food exposure
No amount of cognitive behavioral work can make up for a lack of action. It is imperative that you learn to act in the moment.
Proper fear food exposure protocols don't just have you sit and eat. They involve applied mindfulness and grounding cues, delayed gratification, and a follow-up act of self-care to close the circuit.
4. Body-positive nutrition and exercise
Nothing is more important to close out the process towards food (and body) freedom than to rekindle your relationship with how you use your body and what you put in it. Imagine coming at this from a lens not of self-loathing but of self-respect. That is recovery.
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100 Days of Food Freedom
A Day-by-Day Journey to Self-Discovery, Freedom from Dieting, and Recovery from your Eating Disorder
This is the step-by-step, day-by-day guide you have been waiting for. In it, I outline a 100 day journey you will be embarking on that will culminate in complete food freedom: freedom from the restrictive dieting thoughts, body shame, obsession, and constant cycles of dieting followed by overeating. Each week has a different focus, and each day you are assigned a simple task, while actively building habits conducive to recovery, and maintaining a focus on enjoying the process. By the end, you are guaranteed to come out with a renewed sense of self-appreciation and peace with your body. This is based not only on what I know has been effective for the hundreds of clients I've worked with but also what it took for me to escape the binge eating and restrictive dieting cycle that had me in its grips for years.
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