Calorie counting is a bad habit, and like any habit, it takes time and effort to break. Don’t expect to ditch the numbers overnight, and don’t beat yourself up if things aren’t going as quickly or as smoothly as you’d like them to.
Once you start eating the proper foods that fuel your body, calories won’t matter to you. Counting calories is unnecessary when your meals consist mainly of fruits & veggies. Releasing yourself from counting calories goes deeper than just numbers. It’s about feeling better as a person and being the change you want to see in the world.
FIND A HIGHER PURPOSE & MORE JOY.
Find more meaning in your life outside of controlling your body. Find more joy in your life to help you see that controlling your weight really doesn’t bring you joy.
CHANGE YOUR SURROUNDINGS
Unfollow those people who, when every time you look at their Instagram, you feel triggered. It’s just not worth it.
Change the way you’re speaking OUT LOUD.
If we want to be more free from criticism, we need to stop criticizing. Start to be the example. Find JOY in being an example to other people, and in turn, giving them permission to let go of the weight/calorie obsession as well.
“As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”
Stand up for your friends when they put themselves down. Stand up for people who are trying to honor their bodies. Do not stand up for dieting and calorie counting.
Start to have more FUN with food. Start to rebuild your relationship to it.
Begin to appreciate food and its unique nature. Think about how sweet and wonderful an organic strawberry tastes. Buy the best cheese in the store, and make yourself the best panini you’ve ever tasted. ENJOY your food. Sit down with it. Give it your attention. Be excited about it. Have a relationship with it.
And most of all, as you’re doing this, notice how when you have more satisfying experiences with food, you’re more able to MOVE ON after you eat and focus on other important things in life.