I'm not sure if you're here because you are actually interested in what I have to say or if you just stumbled here by accident, while looking for information on Gwyneth Paltrow's newest book/wardrobe/skincare line/boyfriend......but whatever. I'm glad you're here because today I would like to discuss.....
DUN DUN DUUUUUUUUN.
Pseudo-dieting is the weird thing that happens when women stop swinging from the extreme dieting/binge-eating ends of the disordered food spectrum and start to hover around normal eating....without ever being able to eat normally.
Let me paint the picture:
You've "given up" dieting and you are "allowing" all the foods
But you can't find that place of intuitive eating.....you still don't feel like you can trust yourself to choose foods that are best for you (i.e. you still want to eat 10 cookies, even though you feel sick after 2)
A few things could be happening here:
1. You really are ALLOWING all the foods without judgment/diet mentality and this is just part of the learning process....stick with it my friend, you'll get there!!
2. You are a normal eater. Everyone, even normal eaters, sometimes want to eat more than they absolutely NEED. It's normal....so, there's that.
3. It's because, while you may no longer be PHYSICALLY ON A DIET, you are likely still hanging on to diet mentality thoughts = PSEUDO-DIETING.
This is often subtle and tricky to spot. You may not even consciously realize it's happening.
- counting calories/points/carbs/grams of fat (it's often so ingrained we can't shake it!)
- deciding you can only eat certain foods or at certain times of day (ie never past 7!)
- cutting back on food because you feel you've over eaten/eaten poorly
- using coffee/diet pop (or other ??) to quell hunger
- deciding you should/shouldn't be hungry at any given time, despite how you actually feel
- pre-planning all of your food for the day/week/every breakfast etc.
- second-guessing what you deserve to eat based on other things you've eaten earlier in the day
- trying to appear "virtuous" in front of others (ie only eating healthy foods in public/competing with others who are dieting)
- going gluten-free or vegetarian or paleo because you want to be healthier (but really because you want to lose weight!!!!!)
- using exercise to "make up" for eating
Can you find yourself in there?
Still not sure if you are pseudo-dieting?
As always, feel free to leave a comment or email me with questions!