For When You Feel Fat and Guilty

Ever woke up feeling fat and guilty? Your eyes pop open and the first thought that hits you is a tally of everything you ate the night before?

Your mind races remembering the cookies, fudge and wine you let slip down your throat like their only true home was in your belly. Lying in bed you pinch your stomach, convinced its gotten bigger and definitely flabbier, overnight.

While brushing your teeth you make a host of new food resolutions. Today you are only eating greens and drinking water. Your resolve is firm.  The only solution is that you and your body must PAY.

Holy heck do I know this scene well. I lived it, daily, for years. It didn’t matter if it was Christmas or Easter or simply a sunny day in July.  My food guilt was ever present.  The holidays just made it worse.

All year long, every morning was like January 1st with my new food resolutions to eat SUPER clean and be “really good” that day. And by the afternoon, after a minor slip up of a gluten-free cookie or two, it was all over.  Almonds, heaping spoonfuls of peanut butter, popcorn, and organic chocolate went down my gullet at lightening speed.  I’d go to bed super full and sick, totally pissed at myself and promising that tomorrow would be different.

I’d wake up, almost unable to move under the weight of the guilt that covered me. I was embarrassed by my lack of control and determined to do better, which came with it’s own weightiness of expectations.

I know I’m not alone in this merry-go-round of binging and depriving. The cycle makes perfect sense.  If you make a mistake and eat crap then you’ve gotta get super aggressive and restrictive with your body so things will change.

And yet every time we employ insane restrictions on ourselves as if it were a cancer cure, they never work. Ever.  Tweet this.

Food and body guilt is a major theme with my clients.  There is not a woman on the planet who doesn't feel guilty about what she eats or how her body looks at one point or another. However, what makes my clients different is they KNOW this behavior isn't good for them. They know it makes no sense to feel guilty about their food or be ashamed of their bodies, and they battle with themselves because they desperately want to feel differently about themselves.  The problem is they just don't know where to start.

I know you are really good at hiding your thoughts of feeling fat and using food as control. And I also know, in this new year, you don't want to feel bad about your body the way you have every year before.

If you want the constant food and body crap to stop, contact me here.  I have 2 open spots in my private practice and I would love to guide you towards the peace you so want that you aren't sure how to get.

In the meantime, I have a very simple practice for you that I give all my clients who struggle with the binge/restrict cycle.

The next time you wake up feeling guilty, pissed or aggressive with yourself for not eating “better”, for drinking that third glass of wine, for indulging in that bowl of popcorn or last piece of cake you were going to throw out, write a thank you letter to your body.

Yep, you read that right.  A thank you letter.  When we are so busy shoving things into our mouth and then being angry at ourselves for it, we forget that our body is digesting it all, as best she can.

Thank your body for always showing up.

Thank her for being such a trooper when you eat more than she’s asked for.

Thank her for telling you when she’s full, though you sometimes don’t listen.

Thank her for waking up every morning to start again.

Thank her for being YOURS.

So tell me, what’s on your thank you letter to your body?

Biggest love,

Jamie

P.S.

Its never easy to thank your body when all you want her to do is change.  That’s why I've opened up both the women’s reading circle for a Return to Love and 2 spots in my practice.  I want to give you options and have you know you don't have to do this alone.  All you have to do is show up.  I'll take care of the rest.

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