Written by contributor Lisa Byrne of WellGrounded Life.
The other day I was working with a private coaching client and listening to her share about her struggles with junk food cravings.
I was listening to this smart woman share about her struggles and I heard things like, “Oh, I just totally gave in“, “I knew I shouldn’t be eating it,” and “This was so bad but I ate it anyway….and then I just couldn’t stop.”
And though those were her literal words, what I heard was something much deeper. It’s something that so many of us do all the time. We use food as a weapon.
We use food as a numbing agent. We use food as a coveted illicit pleasure in a game where we test how long we can resist it to prove our strength. We use food as everything but how it is meant to be used… an enjoyable, health-giving tool.
If you know my work, you know that I’m a huge anti-diet advocate. But many of us who don’t believe we are “dieters” still fall into the same traps by deeming some foods “bad.” If you peek underneath—these foods are bad because we have made the rule that if we eat them we are bad.