It should be common knowledge by now that I have struggled with my weight and body image issues practically my ENTIRE life. I was in the “best” shape of my relatively young life from ages 15-19 y.o. I was very active yet ate whatever I wanted whenever I wanted. In college I developed horrible eating habits as many college students often do…then these eating habits continued post grad life.
I was miserable. I was using food as comfort to numb out feelings that I didn’t want to feel. I went through a pretty bad break-up a few years ago and leaned towards food to cope, to heal.
It was a downward spiral.
Last November, my mom came to visit me and was very honest with me. She was worried and I knew I couldn’t continue the way I was…I couldn’t binge on pizza, ice cream, and oreos whenever I felt sad or upset.
So we watched a documentary called “Fed Up” (fedupmovie.com)…Watching this documentary I could not help but get emotional because I related so much to the issues that were mentioned.
I was killing myself with food.
Almost immediately after finishing the documentary I cleaned out my pantry and fridge of most processed foods. The next day I started anew. It wasn’t a diet..it was a lifestyle change. No meat or processed food for a solid 21 days. I can say for those first weeks, I felt like a druggie sobering up…It was pretty brutal.
Fast forward almost five months..I still eat mostly clean. I do allow myself to indulge once every so often…and sometimes I overindulge (I’m human).
The difference now is that I finally got fed up with my unhealthy relationship with food and I wanted to be healthy. I wanted to practice self-love.
I am by no means at my goal weight but I am definitely on the way there.
in four months i have lost a solid 40 lbs – all without excessive hours at the gym and mostly by eating clean..eating less processed foods, and eating mostly a plant based diet.
For anyone struggling with their weight, body image, etc. I highly encourage you to check out the “Fed Up” and “Hungry for Change” documentaries. Educate yourself, identify the reasons for wanting to get healthy, and most importantly, LOVE YOURSELF AND TAKE CARE OF YOUR TEMPLE.