Raise your hand if you’ve ever tried a 30-day diet, hoping to have all your food issues solved at the end.
Yeah, me too.
When that happens, we may fault ourselves, or we may dismiss the diet. But I’ve found through my own experience that there’s more going on.
Let me first say that the right diet can go a long ways toward killing your physical cravings. But what about those times when it’s not about the food? When it’s the junk-food-centered social gathering, or the killer week at work, or the sudden emotional stress in your life? Diet alone can’t help you with those.
I found, in my own journey, that getting to the place where food no longer controlled me took a number of different pieces:
Gaining new information about which foods build health and which foods tear it down.
Unlearning some outdated assumptions about food. (No, not all calories are the same.)
Eliminating the foods that made me crave more food. (Yep, sometimes it’s the food’s fault.)
Examining the emotional and habit triggers that made me eat when I wasn’t hungry.
Learning how to set and flex food boundaries that work for me.
Throughout this website, I talk in more detail about the steps that got me there. (Learn more about the trails.) But for right here, I just want to tell you what life looks like when you’ve processed the things, and arrived at a place where your anxiety and guilt around food are greatly diminished, and you’re enjoying true freedom around food.
Here’s my food freedom manifesto.
FOOD FREEDOM IS:
Being free to make your own personal, informed choices about food.
Knowing which foods you’re free to eat because they’re kind to your body and mind.
(No more guessing.)
Knowing which foods you’ve chosen to free yourself from because of their addictive or harmful qualities.
(It’s not me; it’s you, food!)
Knowing your own healthiest boundaries; when you can relax them and when you can’t.
When you slip up, you don’t give up. You give yourself grace and move on.
Not expecting food to fill your depleted heart, mind, or soul.
Enjoying delicious food — with gratitude, without guilt.
– Jana Snyder, 2017
Resources to acquaint yourself with this approach:
Book/Bible study: Freedom from Emotional Eating
About my services – classes, speaking, and one-on-one support
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