30 Days of Mindful Eating: Recovering

Do you physically or mentally punish yourself following any form of overeating or eating “off plan”? Do you think this behavior is positive and improving your relationship with food? Why or why not? 

In the past, my relationship to “going off plan” was very different. Today, I don’t find I punish myself much, if at all, on days when I drastically overeat (or undereat). Instead, I’m growing more accustomed to the variety of fluctuations in my body and trying to respect them for what they are.

While I’m not (yet) perfect at this practice, I’m getting closer. Some days, the struggle is real – and usually mental. After overeating, especially on a particularly stressful day, I find myself ruminating on my choices and why.

Since what I eat is so connected to how I feel and perform in the gym, I often find myself frustrated for not thinking further ahead. Making a series of bad choices in a single day (as opposed to the occasional “bad” choice here and there that are just part of life) usually alters how I feel in the gym. Is it bad? Not really, no. But it’s frustrating. Particularly with the amount of time and effort I put into trying to improve my performance.

On those days, I try to regroup as soon as I’m able to. In many ways, I tune in more closely to how I feel to better determine what next steps I should take. If I ate a lot of carbs that day, maybe it’s worth going really hard in the gym – not to “make up for it,” but to utilize the excess energy in a way that will help build my confidence.

There are so many ways to respond to “slip ups.” At the end of the day, it’s about accepting where you are and turning it into a positive situation. So if I’m beating myself up for making a bad choice, the next best step is to somehow flip that choice to work for me.

Black Iron Nutrition is offering a 30 Day Mindful Eating Challenge that includes journal prompts and tasks to help bring more mindfulness to our relationships with food. And I’m in! This post is in response to today’s prompt to keep myself accountable and get the most out of my participation. If you’re interested in joining the free challenge, sign up at Black Iron Nutrition’s website here.

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