I’m 100% Serious About This
It really is possible to eat what you want when you want it while still fuel for climbing and becoming the strongest version of yourself.
Since recovering from a long time eating disorder, I now give myself complete permission to eat all the foods I used to avoid. I’m talking ice cream, pizza, burgers, peanut butter, chocolate, pasta, you name it!
And believe it or not, I’m the happiest and healthiest version of myself and climbing harder than ever I’ve climbed in my life.
Sounds crazy? I know. I used to think the same thing!
I honestly used to think if I really ate what I wanted when I wanted it, I’d eat 100% junk food 100% of the time.
But it turns out, those foods we think are bad aren’t what drive us to overeat. They aren’t actually even bad.
What Drives Us to Overeat
What often drives us to eat certain foods is not the fact that they’re so delicious they’re addicting, but the fact that they’ve got a broken relationship with them and are following food rules (like: “I can only eat ice cream on hard training days”).
I’ll share a personal example with you. I could name a million things that I used to restrict myself from, but let’s pick candy.
For almost a decade, I thought candy was bad. It was full of sugar, high in calories, and something standing between me and the thigh gap plus 6 pack I thought I needed to be complete.
But the self-imposed restriction made that forbidden food SO incredibly appealing. So much so that whenever I was around it I felt compelled to eat it—no matter how much I didn’t want to.
And when I finally caved and ate that candy, I’d end up feeling so guilty because, in my mind, I’d screwed up big time. I’d broken my sugar fast or blown my calorie deficit for the day or maybe even the week.
That guilt plus feeling like a failure drove even more overeating. And then afterwards I’d resolve harder than ever to never do that again.
But the cycle just continued.
Life With No Food Rules
Here’s the deal about food rules: if you don’t have them there is no need for any of that guilt! Because there’s nothing to screw up.
The only reason you’re eating is because you want to. And when you trust your body, tune into what you actually want, and honor those feelings, you find that you don’t want or need to eat until your stuffed.
And since you know you’ll get another opportunity to eat whatever you feel like it again, you’re totally okay stopping once you don’t want anymore even if there are french fries or cookies or Mac and cheese or brownies leftover.
It’s like shifting from a scarcity mindset to an abundance mindset.
When you give yourself permission to eat what you want, it turns out you want it a whole lot less and you don’t need as much to be satisfied!
Old Chiara and Ice Cream
I used to be able to eat a half of a carton of ice cream standing with the freezer door open spoon in hand. But as I began to heal my relationship with food, convince myself it wasn’t bad, and give myself permission to have it, I found I didn’t want it as much!
Nowadays we usually have ice cream in the freezer at home (right now it’s chocolate chip cookie dough, one of my all time favs). Some days I want a spoonful, some days a bowlful, some days I forget it is there, and other days I just say “Nah, I’m not feeling that but I know its there if I want it later.”
If you told me that I’d be saying that a few years ago, I wouldn’t have believed you! I would have thought you were just plain nuts.
But that’s just how radical the change has been in my life. It’s sounds too good to be true, I know. It’s the opposite of what we’ve been taught our whole lives, but I’m telling you, it’s the best thing ever.
I’m doing this no food rules life (old Chiara doesn’t exist anymore!) and you can live like this too.
So here’s a question for you: if you could eat anything everyday no-strings attached, what would you choose?
Now what’s stopping you?