Yes, I Have Eaten An Entire Pizza

 
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No this wasn’t recently.

And yes it was a Freschetta-I think it was this 4 cheese combo to be exact.

This epic night was about 15 years ago at my friend Carrie’s house.

A night so epic that we both remember it to this day….(I have been telling her for a while I am going to write a blog about it, and here we are!)

We were two teenage girls who decided on a Friday night we wanted pizza.

Pretty normal right?

And like a person with a normal relationship with food, Carrie had 1 or two pieces…

Then stupidly…I ate the rest.

This night wasn’t only epic because I ate an entire pizza, but because I was then rolling around her living room carpet in pain for the rest of the night.

…obviously.

You might ask yourself why would I do that???!!

Why would I eat so much that I was in that much pain???

Why didn’t I just stop when I was full???

Because…

I Had Food Shame

Being full had absolutely nothing to do with it.

When I talk about mindset around food, this is exactly what I’m talking about…

This is an extreme example of what can happen when we start labeling foods good and bad. We lose control around the food.

We think we’re in control because we’re telling ourselves “I’m just going to eat this pizza now, because well, I’m already bad, I already starting eating it, so I might as well just keep going…and well, since I’m never going to do this again, I will just eat the whole thing. I might as well just finish it off.”

Since I was labeling pizza a bad food, I was bad when I ate it.

This shame is what causes things to spiral out of control. And as we know, even though we’re telling ourselves, “This is never going to happen again”…

IT ALWAYS DOES.

It always does because it’s this exact mindset that causes this behavior to repeat itself.

The thing we think will get us out of this mess, is the same exact mindset causing us to repeat it….over…and…over…and over.

Until we break the cycle.

I now have a very healthy relationship with food. I can very easily have one piece of pizza (or some amount that is reasonable considering my hunger) and stop.

I can’t even begin to describe to you how freeing this is.

I used to feel like I was in a food prison…That night it was a pizza prison.

How I Did It

I Stopped Labeling Foods Good and Bad

Some foods are more nutritious than others and those are the ones we should be living on.

But, just because we have a less nutritious food here and there doesn’t mean it’s going to break our health or cause us to gain weight or whatever nonsense you have been preached by the diet culture.

I Learned Food Physiology

Certain foods and food combinations affect our brain differently. This means certain foods and combinations have a different effect on our hunger and cravings when we’re eating the food AND even hours after we eat it!

This is why, when a person is trying to lose body fat, it’s not just about calories! You need to understand how the food is affecting your body hormonally to easily be successful long-term.

I Practiced

You don’t get knowledge one day and then wake up a different person the next. It takes practice. It takes trial and error. And it takes compassion (you will “mess up”, be easy on yourself and just learn from it.) And most importantly, it takes time.

You’re changing yourself from the inside out. That’s deep. So, give yourself a break.

I Figured Out It was More Than Just Food-and Fixed That Problem Too

I also learned, in my wise old age, that my negative relationship with my body was what was driving this negative relationship with food (and exercise too-which I will write about some other time.)

Since food directly affects the look of one’s body, when we hate our bodies, we will naturally have some type of negative mindset around food. The degree to which, is person dependent.

Hating our bodies doesn’t just effect our relationship with our bodies-it effects EVERYTHING in our life.

This is one of the MANY reasons I started Brainy Betties-to help women develop a healthier relationship with their food AND their bodies.

If we just keep putting Band-Aids on our problems (diets, quick fix exercise programs etc.) not only do the problems come back, but they come back stronger than ever.

You want to get to the root of your problems so you can be Fit AND Happy.

And I PROMISE you, you can. You just need the right tools.

Be Fit AND Happy!

~Ashley

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