Fallen off the wagon? Here’s my top 15 tips to help you get back on track when you feel like you’re stuck in a food rut.
I normally advise people away from all-or-nothing diet mentality. I usually say that it’s not about being “on or off” the proverbial wagon but rather finding a balanced lifestyle approach that is sustainable, not too rigid, nourishing and aligns with the long-term vision of your health goals. Thinking in terms of “on” or “off”, especially when confining yourself to a dietary box (when you call yourself “raw” for example, and then eat something that’s not raw, it can induce feelings of guilt and shame) and can cause extreme swings in eating behavior.
This past week, however, I got reacquainted with “off the wagon”, and have a renewed recollection of what it’s like to be doing great and then take a sharp left turn, off the dietary path that aligns with my goals and values towards foods that make me downright unhappy. (The irony is that in the moment, these “hyperpalatable” foods are what we think we want because we have some unconscious believe eating it will make us happy.) I’m very familiar with chronic overeating and food addiction, something I’ve struggled with in the past. I’ve even wrote a whole book about it, called “Unhooked: A Holistic Approach to Ending Your Struggle with Food” which will be available for sale on Amazon this fall.
With all my practice, I’m now quite familiar with my food triggers. This past week, the trigger for me was not having a kitchen because we’re in the process of building one on our new land we bought here in Hawaii. I normally make all of my own food and instead I’ve been eating out more frequently and eating at social gatherings much more than I normally do – and as a result I fell far enough off balance, I actually fell off the wagon, while the proverbial wagon continued in the direction of my health goals – without me on it.After all, I am human and I never claim to be perfect – and in fact, embracing my imperfections is actually one of the top tips that helped me get back on track and get a grip before I let myself spiral down that familiar slippery slop any further.