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3 tips to avoid food preoccupation in lockdown
by Harriet Frew on April 7th, 2020

How’s your relationship with food bearing up in the lockdown?

If you have a history of disordered eating, then suddenly having a load of time on your hands, with very little structure can mean that food preoccupation becomes dominant. You might be obsessing about every thing you can or can’t eat or when the next meal might be.

You might also feel a desire to lose weight or change your body.

You might be feeling a pressure to #workoutathome everyday or ‘get in the best shape of your life’ or some other goal that feels very seductive and esteem building, when you’ve lost your normal daily purpose and meaning. It’s also so triggering to see all the social media postings, encouraging this craziness.

1. Now is not the time for a body overhaul.

Stop any crazy food plans or obsessive workout schedules. If you’re constantly hungry and depriving yourself, then you can’t help but think about food. Thoughts will dominate and preoccupy your precious days. Unfollow people on social media who are sending you into a spiral of competitive body overhauling.

2. Create your own routine.

You’ve likely lost your structure and routine. You can be hugely vulnerable to turning to food when bored.

It’s not surprising. Food is highly pleasurable to eat; eating offers us something to do with our time; it fills up space; it gives something to look forward to.

Get some structure and routine with your eating and also planning your day. It doesn’t need to organised in a military way, but just enough so that you know what and when you’re doing things.

3. Fun, mini-joys and self-care.

You might need to think about getting some joy, excitement or stimulation from self-caring activities or a hobby or a new work challenge or something else. We all have  ‘shoulds’ in daily life, which can become monotonous and exhausting, it’s important to have some ‘wants’ in there too, so that food isn’t your number one stimulant.

Plan this actively into your day. It’s as important as clearing out the cupboard or doing your emails.

Take care. Baby steps count. It's understandable that old food issues can rear their head in times of stress.

Wishing you and your families health and calmness, through this very difficult time.

Harriet x

p.s. Do check out my PODCAST on Podbean - this week's episode is a deep dive into self-induced vomiting. Something that is often secretive and triggers so much shame but it's much more common that we realise and I believe needs to be talked about more.

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