• Emma Green

How to deal with feeling shit around food

Photo credit: Kim Burrows

Something I’ve noticed when people start to recognise their negative feelings around food is that they implement strategies to avoid them. For example, tracking macros so that they can feel okay about treating themselves to a pizza, exercising so that they can ‘justify’ a post workout stack of pancakes or integrating a ‘cheat’ day each week when they finally allow themselves to have the chocolate that they’ve been craving. The goal should not be to avoid feeling anxiety, guilt or judgment around food but instead to challenge the thoughts associated with these emotions. This isn’t easy but it is possible if you keep at it. You’ll then be able to make choices about food from a place of empowerment, rather than out of obligation.

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