#NoFearinFood is another concept/statement/hash tag that you may see floating around the Internet and social media. This is a beautiful concept, yet one that is much more complicated than it seems, and one that affects almost every individual, eating disorder or no eating disorder.
#NoFearinFood, a simple statement riddled with a complicated message. What does this really mean?
Having no fear in consuming food in general
Having no fear in calories
Having no fear in a certain TYPE of food…despite allergies
-Gluten, meat, sugar, butter, dairy, bread, pasta, fat (just to name a few)!
Having no shame in eating food in general
Having no shame in consuming a high amount of calories
Having no shame in consuming a small amount of calories
Not imposing a greater sense of importance on food
Having no fearful feelings after consuming food
Not imposing a sense of shame surrounding food in general
Not imposing a sense of shame surrounding a certain type of food
Not imposing a sense of guilt after consuming food
Having no fear in over eating food
Having no fear in binging food
Not using unhealthy behaviors after consuming food
Not having fearful feelings and a need to purge after consuming food
Not imposing restrictions on certain foods
Not imposing restrictions on eating at certain times during the day
Not working out for food
#NoFearinFood is an incredibly complex concept, one that many struggle with on a day-to-day basis. The concept of food consumes us, especially when living with an eating disorder. #NoFearinFood is not just about ED life and ED Recovery, instead it is about obtaining a healthy relationship with food, in that food does not control us, it does not define who we are, instead it is fuel, it is nourishment, it is a necessity, yes it can be fun, but it is dependent of happiness!
One thing to keep in mind is to be easy on yourself, this concept is incredibly complicated, complex, strongly engrained, and intertwined within our lives. Therefore #NoFearinFood may be something to work towards, it is not something that will come instantaneously. It all starts with self-awareness, and self-love, no shame or guilt! Remember….
Food is fuel
Food is nourishment
Food is fun
Food is beautiful
Food is a necessity
Food does not define you