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Are confused about how to eat after Burnout recovery? You are not alone…
Here are some examples of what I've recently heard from women who have overcome their burnout, but are now struggling to know how to eat:
“I feel like I traded a bunch of poor eating behaviors for another set. I used to seriously under eat, but now I keep eating mindlessly and often until I'm feeling very uncomfortable.”
“Sometimes I miss some structure with my eating because I tend to snack all day long and I'm not hungry for real meals.”
“I feel physically uncomfortable because I ate too much, and I ate too much because I thought if I don't over eat, I under eat.”
These are all the words of the women I work with. And I totally get it. It's hard when we no longer have lists of “forbidden foods” and “allowed foods” like we did when we were burnt out, and it's also hard when to stop eating after a period of some over indulging.
I talk about all these things in today's YouTube video.
Here are some action steps you can take right now:
1. Eat regular meals.
Start having regular meals, 3x/a day, with some snacks in between. This will keep your blood sugar regular and hunger levels normal. You can always adjust later, but this is a good starting point.
2. Eat mostly whole foods, with some fun foods.
Eat mostly whole, nutritious foods. Fun foods are a fun addition but we need mostly whole foods to feel our best. If you feel like this is a diet culture talk then please read again… Fun foods are okay but our meals should be based on real foods to feel great.
3. Eat all three macros.
Have all 3 macronutrients with most of your meals, to keep everything balanced. You don't have to track or measure if you don't want to, just have all three of them.
4. You can wait a bit! Trust yourself.
Start TRUSTING yourself a bit more! Believe me, nothing bad will happen if you get hungry and can't get food right this second. You don't want to wait forever but also don't worry if you have to wait for whatever reason — this is life!
5. You can choose what you want to eat.
You don't have to eat the things you don't want. If there's a cake you actually don't want, it's okay to skip it. It's your choice!
There are more tips on the video above, so please check it out!
If you're in the BALANCE phase, have you ever struggled with this?