Mentally neutralizing food so there are no ‘good’ or ‘bad’ foods sounds like make-believe in the beginning stages of intuitive eating. Many people will say macros helped them overcome this mentality but they still might have trouble overcoming the food they developed macro hacks for, eating meals without protein, or not using the food scale anymore. We become so used to adding volume that using whole eggs, bakery bread, or pasta develops into food anxiety to eat now.
I know how hard it is when points and macros are so fresh in your head you don’t even need to look at labels or your app anymore. Becoming aware of our frequent and automatic judgements is challenging. I often hear, “No wonder why I’ve felt so crappy! I’m constantly judging everything I do, say, eat, think, as well as everyone else.” Becoming mindful of our thoughts and feelings allows us to gain insight into our personal experience.
Check in, ask yourself: what do you notice?
When you look at this plate of French toast and berries, what thoughts come up?
What food rules are you still hanging onto?
Where did you learn these?
Are they actually, scientifically true?
What else might be true?
I now see this plate as beautiful, satisfying, a mix of carbs, protein, and fat, and most importantly the memory of the last meal adventure with one of my favorite friends before we moved.
Over time, meals will begin to mean so much more than points, calories, and macros. You will care more about the experience, the satisfaction of the food, the laughter, connection, culture, and comfort. And remember how long you’ve been in the diet mentality, it’s going to take some time to undo!