For the past couple of posts we’ve been talking about carbohydrates, why you do not need to “earn” them, and why you may want to eat more of them! Despite what you may think or what social media leads you to believe, you actually need them to be healthy and function properly.
But what if you’re afraid of carbs? Maybe you’ve read both of my posts about carbs, understand that you do not need to “earn” them and realize that your health would benefit from eating more of them, but you just can’t get passed your fear of them? I hear you, I’ve been there, and I’m here to tell you, it’s okay.
I completely understand where you are coming from, but it is my mission to help you get passed that fear, cultivate a loving relationship with food (all food!), and eat more carbohydrates, if that is what you feel you need to live a healthy, happy life!
These are my top tips for overcoming your fear of carbohydrates:
When I was recovering from my eating disorder, I found that if I feared a certain food or was uncertain about something, I would benefit from educating myself about it. For an example, if I feared avocados because someone told me they were “too high in fat”, I would educate myself about avocados then make a decision myself based on the knowledge I had gained (rather than let someone else make the decision for me!)
As we all know, avocados are an excellent source of fat, yes, but they are definitely not “too high in fat” and you should not avoid them because of that reason. Avocados are of my top 5 favourite foods and can be considered a superfood. Once I understood everything there was to know about avocados, I no longer feared them and I want you to do the same with carbs. Educate yourself.
A great place to start would be reading this post I wrote on why you may want to increase your carbohydrate intake. Educate yourself on why your body actually needs carbohydrates. Sure, your body needs carbohydrates to run properly, but in what ways specifically? In this post I go into detail of all of the ways carbs can help you function better and become more healthy!
Do some self-experimentation
Let’s say you’ve been following a low carb diet for quite some time now, but aren’t feeling your best. Maybe you’re struggling with your sleep, dragging your butt to the gym, and experiencing some unexplained hair loss or weight gain. Maybe you even lost your period! These are all symptoms that your body is not responding well to eating low carb (if you want more info on this, read this post). However, a fear of carbohydrates is holding you back from changing your diet to a more moderate – high carbohydrate intake.
If the above description sounds like you, I suggest doing a little self-experimentation. No one is telling you to change your diet forever – only you know your body best, but you have to be honest with yourself. To start your self-experimentation, commit to 2 – 4 weeks of increasing your carbohydrates. With a mindset of knowing it’s not forever, it is a little less scary or daunting, if this is an issue you’re facing. Start slow, no one is telling you to go big or go home. Slowly increase your carb intake and monitor how you feel and respond. Does your energy improve? Are you sleeping better? Maybe your moods have even improved!? All of these are wonderful things that an increase in carbohydrates can do for you!
Treat them like any other nutrient
I think a lot of people forget carbohydrates are simply a nutrient. Remember vitamin C? That is a nutrient and I bet you’re not fearful of vitamin C. This is something my clients and I often discuss in our sessions (and have quite a comical discussion about it, too!) Just as you’re not fearful of vitamin C, magnesium, or calcium, you should not be fearful of carbohydrates, either. They are a nutrient that our bodies need to survive.
It is my mission to help you get over your food fears and develop a loving, healthy relationship with food because I know how unhappy, dark, and stressful life can be when we live in fear of food. I hope this post has helped you realize that carbohydrates are not scary nor the enemy, however, I know one on one support is necessary, which is why I offer one on one coaching services! If you need additional support, please never hesitate to contact me to learn more about the services I offer or to get started today!