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How to Stop Fearing Food (So You Can Truly Be Fit & Healthy)

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  • How to Stop Fearing Food (So You Can Truly Be Fit & Healthy)

    “Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are.”
    -- Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
    Eating is supposed to be a good thing. It nourishes your body, provides a sensory delight to your taste buds, and satisfies your growling tummy. Yet, turn on just about any news program or open a newspaper and you’ll see it: scary, negative, fear-based headlines, all focused on food.

    “Do Grilled Foods Cause Cancer?”

    “Trans Fats New Focus of Coronary Concern”

    “Study Predicts Obesity Apocalypse by 2030”

    “Be Choosy About Carbs”

    “The Danger of Meat-Heavy Diets”

    The headlines are mind-boggling, and they foster anything but a healthy relationship with food. Even buying a simple box of cereal brings up an astounding array of questions:
    • Is it made with whole grains?
    • How much sugar?
    • Does it contain pesticides or genetically modified ingredients?
    • How many carbs?
    • Is there enough fiber?
    • Are there artificial colors or flavors?
    • How many calories in a serving … and how big is a serving?

    It’s enough to make even the most sound-minded person want to throw in the towel all together when it comes to food shopping and instead eat only brown rice and organic greens. That, or sit down with a big bag of everything on the junk-food “no-no” list and pig out thoroughly.

    Food Does Not Have to be a Four-Letter Word

    It goes without saying that many people have an unhealthy relationship with food. We're so worried about gaining weight or eating something 'bad' that even when we do eat something good, we feel guilty about it.

    So the first step to feeling good about food is letting go of your negative attachments to it.

    “The best way to have a healthy relationship with food is to release your attachments and aversions to food and set a goal of eating to live rather than living to eat,” says Hale Dwoskin, CEO and Director of Training of Sedona Training Associates.

    This includes letting go of the emotional drives that lead many of us to eat what we shouldn't.

    “Gluttony is an emotional escape, a sign something is eating us,” said American novelist Peter De Vries.

    And this could not be more true.

    “Many of us use food to medicate or distract ourselves from our problems as opposed to simply eating when we are hungry and allowing ourselves to enjoy whatever we do eat,” Dwoskin says.

    So the next time you find yourself reaching for a pint of ice cream when you're stressed, first use The Sedona Method to let go of the feelings of stress, the need for the ice cream, and the guilt you may already be feeling for wanting to eat it.

    "It is very helpful to release any guilt about food," Dwoskin says. "When you are on a diet, for instance, and you eat something that you believe you should not have eaten you feel guilty. Since guilt is an IOU for punishment you often punish yourself by eating more an simply feel worse -- then punish yourself even more until you spiral out of control."

    The bottom line is that feeling bad about food will cause you to make unhealthy decisions. To make healthy food decisions, you just need to reverse that and instead feel good about food.

    “By letting go of the guilt you break this cycle with food and eat much more sensibly,” Dwoskin continues. “In other words, the more you release your feelings about what you eat or do not eat, the more you move away from being an emotional or compulsive eater and toward naturally eating what is best for you, in quantities that are best for you and enjoying whatever you do eat a lot more!”
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