I often need be harsh with some of my clients when it comes to how they think about food and body. Sometimes I just have to say, ‘grow up’. I think a lot of us need to grow up around food. Anyone who grabs the newest superfood, anyone who thinks coffee and cigarettes is a breakfast, anyone who starves themselves because that’s what a celebrity did and they lost 10 pounds, needs to be an adult and realise that it’s your body, your life, and you need to get a grip of it. Imagine if we behaved the same way in other areas of our life. Starving your body is the same as only looking after your kids for half a day or sleeping at work. You are responsible for your body in the same way as you are responsible for your kids, your job, your relationships and everything else that is yours. You only have one body, you only get one chance to feed it right, one chance to make it last as long as you want it to.
Responsibility needs to come from you, no one else. By making how your body feels a priority, everything else drops into place. Not everyone can process all the same foods in the same way. I can’t cope well with wheat but I have no problems with potatoes or sugar. You might not have a problem with wheat but potatoes make your joints ache. Everyone is different because everyone has different bodies, digestion, genetics and food history.
Your body’s requirements from food are unique to you; no one else in the world will have the same reactions to food as you do. This is because your body has been through a unique journey to get here and that means your digestion, cell structure, metabolism, energy needs, vitamin requirements and hundreds of other things are unique to you.
This also means there is no such thing as the perfect diet. There was the way of eating that suited you when you were three years old, the way you ate when you were going through puberty, when you were experiencing high stress, when you were pregnant, when you were sick or injured etc…etc. Your body requirements change constantly, even with the time of year. All this means your way of eating has to be reactive, and to do that you have to listen.
Listening to your bodies needs is the only way to give it what it wants. Choose to start hearing those messages, instead of letting your mind and emotions make the decisions.
Extract from “Still Overweight? The 6-week course that changes your weight and relationship to food forever”