Obsessing over everything you eat is really draining. I can see how some people think it is healthy to obsess over everything they eat. They probably think they are just taking care of their bodies but consuming food is not the only thing that contributes to a thriving body and life.
Your physical and mental well-being also depends on nourishment from things other than food. Things like relationships, spirituality, career, and physical activity also contribute to your overall well-being.
When you were a kid, do you remember when your mom or dad would call you inside for dinner and how bummed you were to leave your friends? You were having so much fun playing outside with your friends that you didn’t realize it was dinner time or that you were even hungry. That’s because the fun time you were having with your friends was nourishing you in a way that food cannot.
Now that you’re an adult, how do you nourish yourself? Do you have friends that you enjoy being around? Do you pray, meditate, or journal to learn more about who you are and where you want to be? Do you leave work at work and make the most of the hours you have left in the day? Do you have a favorite workout that allows you to destress and move your body?
All of those things are self-care activities and I believe we are at our best when we find something that works for us. If you find yourself obsessing over everything you eat, I think it is a good idea to reflect on these areas of life. Is there something you could improve upon? What small steps can you take every day that will increase the amount of self-care you give yourself?