I tried mindful eating, and that shit doesn’t work. Unless, of course, the goal is to remain hyper obsessed with food and trying to reach the ‘right’ level of fullness/satiation so that you aren’t doing intuitive eating wrong. Then it definitely works.
While I’m all for enjoying the food you’re eating and, you know, tasting it, I just don’t see the benefit in being so intensely focused on your food if you’re someone who has experienced stress with food and eating for years. And, uh, if you’ve dieted, you’ve experienced stress with food and eating. Enough of it for a lifetime.
Healing your relationship with food requires taking the stress out of it. It requires you to not care one way or another about it and that means saying ‘fuck it’ and eating however you see fit.
That means eating while looking at your phone, or watching tv, or standing in front of the fridge, or sitting at a table talking to the people you’re with, or in the car, or while you’re walking somewhere, or however else you see fit.
Healing your relationship with food requires you to get to a place where you don’t have to savor everything, because you can literally eat anything you want whenever you want it, so if you feel you didn’t enjoy that cookie enough because you were distracted and you want another one? Who cares?
Maybe you finished your meal and you’re full but you didn’t fully experience it because you were busy with something else that was more interesting at the time… so you shrug and continue with the thing that was more interesting because that’s why we want to heal our relationship with food. So it’s not a thing.
Maybe because you didn’t pay much attention you don’t feel satisfied so you grab some chocolate or ice cream or whatever so that your brain can also be satisfied with your food choice, WHO CARES? Eat the damn thing and move on.
Your body can regulate your energy input and output without you paying complete attention to every single thing you put in your mouth. It repairs muscle tissue and maintains homeostasis in your body without you paying attention, and it can regulate your food, too.
So yeah, eat distracted, and continue living your life doing what you actually want to do. Take food off of the pedestal it doesn’t deserve to be on.
Or maybe savor that meal because you’re out to dinner and you paid way too much for it and could never cook something like that at home. Either way, who cares?
Disclaimer: I am not a therapist or medical professional. This is not meant to diagnose, treat or cure any illnesses and should not be seen as a substitute for professional help. I share my experiences here in hopes of helping others, but I absolutely encourage you to seek professional help for your struggles.