I thought I had a good relationship with food.
I struggled with food issues thru Junior High and High School. Body image issues led me to anorexia, which led to binge eating. After years of struggling I finally decided to change my relationship with food.
I started eating whole foods.
I had gotten to a place where I was inflamed and more unhappy that I had ever been and I was done. I started eating whole foods and eventually cut gluten out of my diet. This was the just the very beginning of my new, healthier relationship with food.
I knew that I needed to dig deeper than I had before.
My interest in fasting wasn’t for dietary purposes. I knew that I needed to dig deeper than I had before. I decided to fast to really look at my relationship with food and figure out what the real issue is.
I started out my day of fasting with hot water with lemon to start the detox process, then greens powder in coconut milk. I also drank bone broth with a tablespoon of coconut oil in it as much as needed throughout the day. Physically this kept me satisfied.
I felt HUNGRY.
It wasn’t until about 5PM when I was back home from running errands that I felt like I hit a wall. I felt HUNGRY. It was easily solved after I slowly sipped a few cups of broth.
Me, the girl who used to not want to eat food, craved food.
It was really surprising to me how much more my mental state was affected than my physical body. Me, the girl who used to not want to eat food, craved the simple taste and texture of food. Even in the part of the day when I wasn’t physically hungry, I was wanting to taste my son’s lunch or snacks.
I was letting it control me.
I never realized how much I was giving my personal power to FOOD. I was letting it control me. This realization pushed me even farther to getting to know myself thru a better relationship with food. I need to be the one in control.
It was totally surprising to me.
I went to bed early with the expectation of waking up at 3 or 4 AM starving and needing to make a snack. It was totally surprising to me (and my husband) that I slept in until 8:30 and made my son and I breakfast of toast with a little yogurt butter.
I felt refreshed and renewed, ready to start this new part of my journey.
I eased myself into the day and that night we went out to Mexican for dinner. It felt like I had set the reset button both physically and mentally. I felt refreshed and renewed, ready to start this new part of my journey.
Fasting gave me so much confidence that I do have the power over what and when I put food into my body.
If fasting is something that you’ve been wanting to try I highly recommend it! I started with intermittent fasting, and still follow an intuitive eating principle. Fasting gave me so much confidence that I do have the power over what and when I put food into my body. Make sure you do your research, and do it for the right reasons! You will definitely be surprised by what you learn about your relationship with food in the process!