You prepare your snacks/meals to an extent but also allow room to try new things
These days, whenever I travel, I make sure I pack some healthy, enjoyable snacks for the plane (my current favorites are Rx bars, dried edamame, or some fruit). I prefer not to get caught in a situation where I’m ravenous and have to eat something I neither enjoy nor will my body enjoy. Having some enjoyable, healthy snacks on hand makes me feel secure, especially if I’m going somewhere new.
Of course, the degree of preparation someone makes to feel safe and secure will vary from person to person! This is what I find works for me!
2. I no longer count calories or think about food in terms of numbers. Instead, I eat based on what my hunger levels and satiety.
When I’m traveling, food is a big part of the experience for me. My friends went to check out “Wicked Spoon Buffet” - something that would trip me up in the past. It was an enjoyable experience to try different things!
When you learn to tune into your body, you no longer have to count or measure your food, but wherever you go your body’s natural hunger and satiety signals are available to you.
3. If you overeat or eat “something bad,” instead of beating yourself up, you just learn from the experience & wait until you’re hungry again.
Often having strict rules with food would lead me (and many of my clients) to feel guilty and beat ourselves up if we broke our rules. In my previous post about perfectionism, (Read “A Message to All my Current and Recovering Perfectionists”) I shared how the perfectionist mentality is addictive and dangerous, especially for those of us who have struggled with food.
Instead of an overeating situation leading to a shame and guilt spiral that then can lead to more binging, I may feel uncomfortable and “guilty” for a little while but I know if I just wait and take care of my body, I’ll soon reset and feel well again.
4. There are no longer foods that are “off-limits.” There are just foods I like, foods I don’t like, foods that make my body feel good after eating them, and foods that make my body feel like crap after eating them. I get to make the rules about what I eat.
Again, this is super freeing while you travel! The more you pay attention to your body and how it speaks to you, the more aligned you can be in making choices that honor your body & not have to rely so much on external tools.