• Emma Green

What really happens when you chill out about food and exercise



Photo credit: Kim Burrows

There is a big misconception adopting a relaxed approach to nutrition and fitness means that you are somehow ‘slacking off’ and this transfers to other areas of your life.

This couldn’t be further from the truth. What I find happens when you stop obsessing about this stuff is that you free up more space to focus on other areas of your life. This means you have extra energy to go after big goals.

When I was really ill with my eating disorder, a therapist said to me that my brain would function so much better when I was recovered. I didn’t really believe her at the time but she was totally right. I would never have been able to complete my PhD if I wasn’t starting it in a good place, mentally and physically. You can’t be obsessing about food, exercise and your body and also fulfill your potential in other areas of your life. You can survive but you certainly can’t thrive.

I’m not here to make judgments about how you choose to live your life but I do think it’s important to be mindful about where you are spending your energy. You can’t get time back so you have to make the most of it.

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