If you’re someone struggling with food addiction and looking to create a loving and healthy relationship with food, it’s best to start with the basics.
These basics are your foundation – your stable footing – to build your recovery. While your foundation may be different depending on who you are, a foundation often includes: eating regular and consistent meals throughout the day, staying away from sugar and flour, writing down what you eat, developing a loving framework for when to weigh yourself, not drinking your calories in the form of sugary juices or smoothies, planning, and being mindful of the volume of how much you eat.
And while that may seem like a lot, these are the core building blocks of a loving and peaceful relationship with food – and there’s a BIG payoff.
Now, there may come a time when you’re feeling ready to become more flexible with this foundation- at a time when you’re feeling strong and the food “noise” is quiet. With that- go for it! You are the expert on yourself and it’s important to trust your wisdom about what’s best for you.
That being said, I always like to remind those in recovery of a helpful saying- “If you don’t leave the basics you don’t have to go back to the basics.” There’s no risk in staying somewhere safe and protective if your intuition is telling you you need that support.
Also, know that you can always come back to your foundation when things get tricky (the sooner you catch yourself getting wobbly the better!). The basics are here for you to bring you back to recovery (and keep you in recovery!) always.