As a woman, I have gone through many different seasons of self loathing, and if you are a woman reading this, I’m sure you can relate (although I know men struggle too). I have found over the years, that there is a direct correlation with the food I eat at the times I feel less valuable.
When I am overly critical and unaccepting of who I am, I eat poorly. Why? Because if I can’t see my own value, do you think I’m going to make the right decisions in regards to feeding myself? I’m probably not going to spend extra money on high quality food that is full of nutrients, or I will either starve or force feed myself (sometimes both). When the switch flips though, and I take it easy on myself, you know, have a little grace for you who are at this particular moment in time, I more often than not tend to choose the right foods for my body. If you cannot see your worth, it will show in how you feed yourself and what foods you decide to buy.
I don’t think anyone likes being overweight, correct me if I’m wrong. I also know that either obesity, or being unhealthily underweight goes so much deeper than food. Disordered eating patterns, whether starvation or bingeing, are just the manifestations of deeper rooted issues. It’s not what you’re eating, it’s what’s eating you? Your goal for today, to start to make healthier choices with food, is to value yourself. If you value yourself, you will value what you put into yourself, and if you don’t value yourself, how can you give what you don’t have?