How to Stop Being Wooed by Dieting When You Feel Out of Control

by | Jul 31, 2017

Leora enjoys learning about nutrition and discovering new healthy ingredients to try out. After years of study she has become very knowledgeable about what it takes to have a great healthstyle.

However, over the past few years Leora has become aware that what starts out as an innocent hobby often turns into a coping mechanism for managing stress. When life gets hard Leora turns to the health blogs in search for a way to regain a sense of control. Trying out a new diet that promises optimal health makes her feel like her life is back in order.

The problem is that the diet ends up causing her to not feel well and no longer enjoy her meals. She eventually goes back to her already excellent healthstyle feeling regretful for ever going on the diet in the first place.

What is frustrating to Leora is that she is aware that she is using dieting as a distraction from stress, but cannot seem to stop herself from doing it.

We discover that in order for Leora to quit dieting for good she needs to find other comforting ways to feel more in control when triggered by stress. Together we develop a strategy based off her own values and insights to get out of this habit pattern and release her dieting mindset for good.

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Related links:

Mindful Meal Challenge

Headspace

 

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5 Responses to “How to Stop Being Wooed by Dieting When You Feel Out of Control”

  1. Michelle says:

    This episode was so helpful – I totally identify with Leora and this really gave me clarity on what exactly the root of my own struggle is and some real solutions to act on. Thank you so much to Leora for sharing and thank you Darya for all that you do.

  2. Emma says:

    This episode was so incredibly insightful. I could identify with literally everything Leora is going through now and her past issues.
    I have had anxiety for most of my life and whenever something bad happens I tend to fixate on food and weight. It’s gotten so bad for me over the last year that it has significantly impacted on my social life and quality of life in general. I tooI have been looking for the perfect food solution even though my knowledge of nutrition is generally quite good! In the last decade the only times my fixation on food and weight have shifted has been when I’m in a relationship – then I fixate on that instead which is also really unhealthy.

    I only now realize that the underlying anxiety is the real issue, not so much my health style. I think it will all fall into place nicely once I attend to the anxiety.

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