• Emma Green

Why you think about food too much

Photo credit: Kim Burrows

I used to think about food all the time. I would constantly planning what foods I was going to eat, when I was going to eat them, how many calories foods contained etc. I recently found some of my old uni notes and numbers were scrawled all over them where I had been calculating calories endlessly during my lectures. Now, I rarely think about food apart from when I feel hungry. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy food. I love eating out in restaurants with friends, I like trying new foods when I go on holiday but thoughts about food don’t rule my life anymore. If you find that you are always thinking about food, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have a problem but it can be an indication something might be off. You might not be eating enough or you might be restricting certain foods or food groups. When your body feels deprived it will make your brain focus on food. It’s a survival mechanism, your body wants to keep you alive. It makes you focus on food in the hope you will go and get some! Something I will say is that when you work on food issues, you free up a lot of room in your brain and that can feel weird and scary. You might not know what to do with that extra space. If you’ve been struggling with food issues for a while, you’ve likely lost a lot of parts of yourself. The good news is that you can rediscover these things. You might even find new things that you never knew about yourself. Don’t put off dealing with food issues if you’re struggling. You deserve a life that is awesome, not one where you are barely surviving.

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