4. Be ready
to invest real time working on your relationship with food.
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Getting into working out is, Green says, is about living to
your highest potential. And having a negative or disordered
relationship to food (restricting calories, bingeing, a history
of crash dieting) can really get in the way of that. Food is so
crucial to workout performance and recovery (and enjoying life)
that working on resolving food issues is essential.
Thinking of food as fuel for your workouts, letting go of a
restrictive, diet-centric approach to eating, working on
accepting your body as it is right now, and delving into
whatever emotional connections you might have to food and
eating are all part of the process, Green says. Trying to get
healthier without understanding your relationship to food is
like “slapping a Band-Aid on a wound without investigating the
cause of the wound,” Green writers in her book.
“I want people to find a really peaceful place with food,” she
says. That means not conforming to weight loss diets,
restricting what you eat, or punishing yourself because you ate
Green recommends the resources offered by the group Be Nourished, which helps people
“lose the weight of body shame” and undo obsession with food