7 Ways to Tell if You Are an Abusive Dieter

Everyone is a dieter. If you eat food then you are a dieter. The only real question is whether or not you are an abusive dieter. Read below to find out if you are an abusive dieter.

1. You have no idea what the food you eat actually does to your body.
Many of us choose the foods we eat with far less thought than choosing what to wear each day. We often take the time and meticulously choose the right outfits for the right occasions. How many of us stand in the mirror and consider how we feel wearing certain outfits? Unfortunately we don’t often take the same time when choosing the foods we eat. We often have no idea what the food we eat actually does to our bodies. For example if you eat a tomato, what exactly happens to your body as a result? If you eat a doughnut, what specifically happens to your body as a result? We spend far less time considering how we actually feel after eating certain foods than we do considering how we feel wearing that perfect outfit.

2. You eat based upon how you feel, instead of how you want to feel.
How many of us resort to eating certain foods when we feel a certain way? How many times have you resorted to eating something because you felt unhappy, or depressed? This type of reactionary dieting keeps you were you think you are instead of propelling you to where you want to be.

3. You eat certain foods because you are too busy.
When is the last time you’ve eaten something you shouldn’t have because you thought you were too busy to actually eat something you knew you should? Did you not know you were going to be busy? You are certainly worth planning your meals.

4. You eat what you want instead of learning what your body needs.
Sometimes we think we are eating what we want. In reality, what we want is not always of our own making but often merely a response to some outside force such a stress, being “too busy,” cravings, habit, or some social conditioning.

5. You eat what you eat simply because it’s what you’ve always eaten.
When is the last time you actually thought about why you eat something? How many times have you eaten certain foods simply because that’s how your parents or grandparents ate? Do you think your parents and grandparents had access to more information about foods than what is available today?

6. You cannot define or have not defined exactly what it is you want from the food that you eat.
If you cannot define or have not yet defined exactly what it is you want from the food that you eat, it is likely you may be eating the wrong foods. In order to define what it is you want from the foods you eat you must first set goals.

7. You have not set dietary and nutritional goals for yourself.
If you have not set dietary or nutritional goals for yourself than you are more likely to accept just about anything available. Such a choice cannot even rise to the level of being kind to yourself.

Think about this for a moment. What if you were involved in a relationship with someone who:

had no idea what you do for them;

  • never helped you feel how you wanted to feel;
  • treated you a certain way because they were too busy;
  • gives you what they want instead of giving you what you need;
  • treats you a certain way simply because that’s how they have always treated their partners;
  • cannot tell you what it is you have to offer; and finally
  • has no goals for your relationship?

Would you consider this an abusive relationship?

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