Healing My Relationship With Food

Well… I went and had my biannual blood tests done which is pretty typical for me with having PCOS and my numbers weren’t good.  In fact, they were pretty damn awful.  Our new health insurance requires us to do a biometric screening and a health assessment every year in addition to earning 700 points in order to keep a “discount” on my health insurance. To he honest I believe at least 1/2 of that has to do with the pure hell that was 2017 for me.  Stress is horrible on your body and mind.

So far I have earned 200 points simply by attesting to the fact that I don’t smoke cigarettes.  I earned another 100 because my blood pressure was by some miracle in a normal range when every other day it’s higher because I’m one of “those people” whose levels run high at the doctor’s office.  Everything else though was complete crap. And due to having not great numbers, they required me to speak to a health coach over the phone.  The phone appointment went great though and I love my dietician.  I don’t know how many sessions I get with her but with speaking to her only for about 25 minutes, I already have some places to start with my journey to becoming healthier. Plus, I got another 100 points out of that so I’m at 400 which is over 1/2 way to my goal.

So my health coach who is a certified Dietician as well was amazing. She’s a big believer in health at any size and just reminded me about the importance of focusing on getting healthy not losing weight.  She gave me resources for a couple of books to read and a podcast to check out and I’ve already started listening to the podcast.  I have another appointment with her in a couple of weeks and I think this is going to be good for me.

She also told me that we shouldn’t vilify emotional eating.  It’s not always such a bad thing.  She told me emotional eating can actually be comforting and “society” freaks out about it because of how fat phobic “society” is.  I get annoyed by using the word society because I feel like it’s over used but I can’t think of a better word for it.

She also spoke of intuitive eating and recommended eating more consistently through the day to help with binges.

The whole meeting made me realize, I’m not going to get anywhere without healing my relationship with food.  And I don’t know why that hasn’t hit me before.

The resources she gave me are:

Podcast- Love, Food by Julie Duffy Dillon, RD. I have listened to several episodes and I love it.  She interviews some other dieticians and health people and gives great resources herself. She also has a blog and website and has her own services such as counceling or speaking at events.

Books- Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole, MD, RD and Elyse Resch, MS, RD, FADA  and Body Respect by Linda Bacon, PhD and Lucy Aphramor, PhD, RD and I cannot wait to read both books.

Other than that, I’m just trying to get through life one day at a time (some days are one minute at a time) and find what helps me best with my depression and health. That’s it from me for now.  I am looking forward to start reading and getting my life back on track.

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About Shannon

I'm a 30 something Disney Addict, Healthy Living enthusiast finding my way in California's capital.
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5 Responses to Healing My Relationship With Food

  1. Kelly says:

    Hey Shannon – Great that you’re open to this, an exciting journey ahead. Sounds like you’re in good hands and have found great resources. I’d like to connect with your coach. Can you share her contact info? Send to speakerasst@zoho.com

    • Shannon says:

      I believe she only works through this company our employer uses but I can check with her to see if she speaks with other clients. I will let you know. Thanks for your comment!

      • Kelly says:

        Want to make professional connection, not personal. Maybe you can just give her my email addie.

  2. Terry says:

    Shannon, as a lifelong emotional eater, I can’t tell you how proud I am of you for following your doctor’s advice by talking with this coach. Bad blood work is bad. 😬 I know the struggles we create in our mind. Now is a good time to start and restart your way of looking at food. Unfortunately, food has become a tool of reward and punishment for so many people…when in reality it is simply nourishment for our bodies and enjoyment for our tastebuds. I grew up in a family that loved food too much and used food to feed emotions, so I know your pain and frustration. I am cheering you along your journey.
    Just listening to your coach, the podcasts and the books puts your mind in a new way of listening and thinking…hooray!

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