March 13, 2023

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Finding Balance: Navigating the Fine Line Between Prioritizing Health and Obsession


If you’re familiar with any of our usual work, you know that prioritizing your nutrition is paramount for improving health, losing weight, or Improving Athletic Performance.  However, what happens when you take things too far?  It’s easy to fall into the trap of obsessing over food and nutrition. It’s easy to think that the more you prioritize your health and nutrition, the better off you’ll be. But the truth is, there’s a fine line between prioritizing health and becoming obsessed with it.

For some, it starts with being focused on eating healthy foods, avoiding junk food, and working out regularly. But over time, you become more and more strict with yourself.  You start to feel guilty if you don’t eat perfectly healthy at every meal, and feel anxious if you miss a workout.

It can take a while to realize that you’ve crossed the line into obsession. You no longer enjoy food or exercise.  Instead, you simply go through the motions because you feel like you have to.  You start sacrificing your mental health in the name of physical health, and that’s never a good thing.

If you’re someone who has fallen into the same trap, don’t worry – you’re not alone. Here are a few tips that helped can help you break free from being obsessive and start enjoying life again:

  1. Give yourself permission to indulge: It’s okay to enjoy your favorite foods and treats in moderation. Depriving yourself of the things you love can lead to binge eating and a negative relationship with food.

  2. Focus on balance: Instead of obsessing over every calorie and macro, focus on eating a balanced diet that includes a variety of foods. Include plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean protein, whole grains, and healthy fats in your diet.

  3. Listen to your body: Pay attention to your hunger and fullness cues. Eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full. Don’t force yourself to eat when you’re not hungry just because you think you should.

  4. Take rest days: It’s important to give your body a break from exercise. Taking rest days can help prevent burnout and injury.

  5. Seek help if needed: If you’re struggling with an unhealthy relationship with food or exercise, don’t be afraid to seek help from a licensed professional in disordered eating.

Remember, prioritizing your health and nutrition is important, but it should never come at the expense of your mental health. 

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