Someone once told me, “You binge and starve because you don’t understand food. Food is fuel, it is not emotional. You can’t feel food. Stop making it more than what it is. Stop making it harder than it needs to be. Just eat what your body needs and leave the rest.”
My eyebrows shot up to my hairline. My ears caught fire. Even now as I write this, I rage. Outwardly I replied with “….um okay, whatever,” but in my head I was stabbing this person in the neck with a sharp cookie. “CAN YOU FEEL THE FOOD NOW?!”
I can. I always can.
Those in the WLR community know the rule. Weight loss and healthy living are 20% exercise, 80% diet and nutrition. Pretty simple. The rule is not based in observation or opinion, but in scientific fact. No matter how you feel about it, food makes up 80% of your weight loss success or failure.
No matter how you feel about it.
As a disordered eater, therein lies the struggle.
I can work out. I lift heavy free weights with the big boys. I am happy to play pickup games in the gym all day long, ride a bike, crank a jagged rock face. I can work and sweat until Niagara Falls runs off my face, darkens my shirt, and soaks my underpants. I can run lines, run intervals, use the stair mill until I can’t lift my feet off the floor. I grew up doing farm work – cross fit and the content of Spartan races are what we called “weekend chores.”
Working out is easy.
Eating right is hard.Read More