Telling yourself you can’t have something will only make you want it more. When we deem certain foods “bad” or “off-limits,” this often creates a feeling of deprivation which only fuels our desire for those foods. This is why “diet rules” tend to backfire.
However, establishing boundaries around certain foods can be a healthy form of self-care. Healthy boundaries help us prioritize foods that make us feel our best and limit the foods that don’t. For example:
>>If you are lactose intolerant, you will want to create some boundaries around your dairy consumption.
>>If you notice that excess caffeine makes you feel anxious & affects your quality of sleep, you’ll want to create a boundary around how much coffee you consume.
We create boundaries not to deprive or punish ourselves, but rather to care for our bodies and to make choices that support our health & well-being.
If you know that eating too much sugar zaps your energy and increases your cravings, you may choose to establish a boundary around sweets, such as:
-I choose to satisfy my sweet tooth with fruit most days of the week and allow for “dessert dates” with loved ones on the weekend.
-I choose to enjoy sweets that are homemade with wholesome ingredients.
-I choose to enjoy sweets on holidays and special occasions.
An effective boundary will be realistic, honor your food preferences and will leave you feeling empowered rather than deprived. Healthy boundaries are built from a place of self-love & self-care. The goal is to help your body thrive while leaving room for you to enjoy the foods you love!
What are some healthy boundaries you may want to consider?