ROMANTICIZING YOUR FOOD VERSUS FUELING YOUR BODY
By IPL Pro, Tawnya Cline
ARE YOU A VICTIM OF ROMANTICIZING YOUR FOOD?
The warm smell of fresh baked bread and garlic fills your nostrils, caressing your mind with images of gooey cheese, pepperoni, warm marinara sauce… making your tongue swell with anticipation of the first bite of that perfect slice of pizza.
The crisp, hot crunch giving way to the warm bready center of that first French fry. The introduction to a juicy and savory cheeseburger, sandwiched between a warmed sesame bun. The experience that is only complete with an ice cold shake, topped with a dollop of whip cream and a bright red cherry! >>>
“It can feel like you simply cannot get it out of your mind. If you let it, it can consume you.”
Or maybe it’s the scent of fresh off the conveyer belt donuts that waft into your window as you are stopping for a morning mocha Frappuccino. Because your morning simply can’t start until you have the sweet taste of mocha and cream cross your taste buds.
Are you a victim of romanticizing meals similar to the ones I have shared? Do any of these thoughts, scents or images come to mind during your training for a Bikini Competition? There can be a lot of sacrifices, discipline and commitment when training for a show. For most athletes there are several food restrictions during prep. It is normal and common to romanticize your food, especially if you have been feeling deprived for any length of time. Take a look at the definition:
Deal with or describe in an idealized or unrealistic fashion; make (something) seem better or more appealing than it really is.
The mind is so powerful that once you start to think about something, you begin visualizing it and smelling it everywhere you go. It can feel like you simply cannot get it out of your mind. If you let it, it can consume you. Sure, we work hard to make it to stage, and we want a reward meal when we are done. But what happens when that reward meal leads to more reward meals. It can feel almost as if you are falling down a black hole of unhealthy eating—it can be overwhelmingly hard to pull yourself out of it.
To arm you with some tactics to help you out of this predicament, I challenge you to look at food as fuel and remember how you feel after your ten minutes of pleasure are over.
“The struggle is real, and it starts a vicious cycle.”
The struggle is real, and it starts a vicious cycle. Your migraines come back. Your immune system is shot. Your stomach is upset. You start pushing snooze or even missing your alarm entirely. You are skipping workouts. This can continue on as depression starts due to the guilt that sets in for the ten minutes of pleasure.
Many cannot break the cycle once it has started. The carbs you may be consuming are lacking nutrients, and the sugars and fats contain empty calories. These empty calories cause blood sugar to spike as the poor choices in food become addicting. Think about getting through your show and allowing your body to tell you what it is wanting after the fact rather than romanticizing and not giving it any other options.
Remember where you were when you started your journey. If those things you romanticize were cut from your program, there is probably a great reason. You may be pleasantly surprised at the food your body is really craving. You may not even have any setbacks that reverse all the hard work you put into it. BIKINI