Weird is The New Normal – You’re Not the Only One with Strange Food Habits
I used to hide my issues around food and felt
deeply insecure about them. For years, I did not tell anyone that I
had a problem with controlling how much I ate. I ate in secret, felt
ashamed, and lied about how much I was eating. I was constantly
fighting a battle against myself – a battle that few people knew I
was fighting. I was embarrassed.
When I started talking to people and telling
them stories about how I feel and act around
food, some people actually began confessing
their own food sins and we would laugh
about them together.
It often feels like we are the only ones going
through something, but we forget that there
are thousands and maybe even millions of people who have gone through
and are going through the same thing.
You only have to look at the rising obesity rates
in the world to realise just how many people struggle with overeating
and food addiction. Perhaps you are one
of them and know exactly what I am talking about
when I say that it feels like you have no control over your eating.
If you often feel like you are the only person
who is obsessed with food and feel embarrassed
about certain habits that you may have around food, just know that
you are not alone.
Do you have any friends or family members that
you know are going through similar struggles with food as you are or
have similar food habits? Could you start opening up about some of
the things you are going through?
Perhaps they will start sharing their own
struggles and habits with you while you are enjoying a guilt-free
dessert together? I found great relief when I realised how many
people around me had similar food habits, and started judging my food
habits a lot less than I used to. Talking about my food struggles was
crucial in terms of accepting them and starting to build strategies
Let me give you an idea of some of the
embarrassing things I have done to get my hands on
food and satisfy my seemingly insatiable need for something sweet. As
a health nerd, it kills me that some of
my behaviours of the past involved quite
a lot of junk food, but here they are:
Went home early after a dinner party, just so that I could have an
hour to binge eat a pack of cookies in peace before anyone came home
and could see what I had eaten.
Ate the chocolate in the cupboard and secretly replaced it without
my husband realising that it went missing (I am confessing to the
crime, but nobody needs to know how many times that has happened).
Bought some chocolate as a present for someone, ate it, and then had
to replace the gift. This has also happened more times than I would
like to admit, and I still do it from time to time.
Spent countless parties hanging around the snack table, and even
bought more junk food on the way home. When I am at a party, and
there are things I can eat, I will still come up with reasons why I
need to walk past the food table.
Ate so much at buffets that I could not breathe properly for hours
This is an excerpt from my book: The Dessert Diet Club. If you are interested in learning more, you can get the book on Amazon.