Diet culture creates unreasonable rules and expectations about how we should eat and how our bodies should look under the guise of "health."
The food police monitor and enforce these unreasonable rules by shouting negative jabs, self-defeating phrases, and guilt-provoking accusations.
Essentially, these are the thoughts that police our eating and police station is located deep within our psyche.
Logically, you know that dieting doesn't work, but at the same time, you may still be struggling to free yourself of self-critical and judgemental thoughts that seem to pop into your head uninvited whenever food is around.
These thoughts provoke feelings of guilt and shame associated with eating and our bodies.
EXAMPLE Here is a scenario when the Food Police might show up
You're having a catered lunch at work with a group of colleagues. You're starving because you were so rushed this morning that you only had half a piece of toast for breakfast. You carefully fill your plate and eat slowly, but when you're finished, you realize you're still hungry. You'd love to have a bit more, but you stop yourself immediately. You don't dare go back for seconds.
Self-Reflection: What thoughts are running through your mind in this moment? What is the fear?
If we allow the food police's tactics to go unchecked, we will remain stuck- fraught with angst and worry about food, eating, and our bodies. To fully re-discover the freedom that comes from letting go of dieting and giving yourself full, unconditional permission to enjoy all foods, with attunement, we must disarm and chase away the food police for good.
The first step in doing this is building awareness around some of the food rules you may still be holding on to and exploring where these rules may have originated from.
You will find a self-reflection exercise in the link below to walk you through this process.
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