learning to listen to your body and love food again

by purelytwins

In today’s #FitVEDA video we discuss a topic that can be hard to address.

As you all know we have suffered from an eating disorder, so we are honored when people ask us for advice on how to learn to love food again.

We hope we answered everyone’s thoughts and concerns on listening to your body and learning to love food again.

 

It is something that took us years to do, and still occasionally suffer with as there are constant “health” and “diet” stuff being discussed all the time out there. So it can be hard not to get pulled in.


Hope our tips help!

Let us know your tips on how you listen to your body? How did you learn to love food again?

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29 comments

Mariel August 16, 2012 - 4:29 pm

i love you guys! thanks so much for this video πŸ™‚ xxxxoo

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Mariel August 16, 2012 - 4:50 pm

I find when i’m anxious its really easy to turn to food and become really critical of what i’m eating. If you don’t worry about it and follow your cravings and are eating REAL WHOLE foods and listening to your body it shouldn’t really matter the calories, fat grams, etc you eat each day specifically, because it usually balances itself out, as long as you don’t let your negative self talk get in the way.
I find it only makes it worse when i’m critical because then you want to be eating the things you know won’t make you feel the best- and since i’m stressed- its hard to make the best choices and choose to eat more veggies and nutrient dense things. Thats why i think its so important to be aware and non judgmental like you said! people are much more likely to make better choices that way πŸ™‚

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purelytwins August 16, 2012 - 5:02 pm

xoxo

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Lou August 16, 2012 - 6:10 pm

Just watched your video with my son (he’s almost 2) and he kept waving and saying Hi to you both. Then he tried to kiss the computer screen – think you guys have a new tiny fan! Great tips/advice, girls, I agree you have to do what is right for YOU – and this means constant experimenting, learning and evolving πŸ™‚

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purelytwins August 16, 2012 - 10:06 pm

Lou xoxo this made us smile, thank you

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Melissa @TryingtoHeal August 16, 2012 - 6:18 pm

Thank you both for that wonderful video! I find that being patient with myself is what helps me most of the time otherwise i fall back into bad habits and negative thinking. Being in the jungle lately has helped me realize there are things more important than worrying about my ed and body image. I really realized this after bring in the city for the past 4 days and feeling that constant anxiety and overwhelming guilt feeling that i get when I’m too ed focused. You both help me visualize a recovery is something i can accomplish and one day truly believe that i love food for what it is and not what i think it may negatively do to my body!

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purelytwins August 16, 2012 - 10:09 pm

Melissa wish we could give you a hug right now!!! Hearing this just made our day!! I am glad you are able to recover and heal, it is so important. We all have good and bad days, but the key is have more good πŸ˜‰ We are so honored we could help you!! love ya

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Miriam @ Bellaspire August 16, 2012 - 7:03 pm

I’ve really been enjoying your VLOGS!!! I didn’t realize you had food issues before. You all seem perfect… but I guess that just goes to show that everyone is harder on themselves. Thanks for the inspiration πŸ™‚

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purelytwins August 16, 2012 - 10:10 pm

Oh Miriam we are far from perfect! On our old blog, pure2raw.com, we shared more about our ED.

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lindsay August 16, 2012 - 7:19 pm

i just love you two. You know that right? You know how i feel about this. Listening is key, hard, but worth it. <3

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purelytwins August 16, 2012 - 10:10 pm

love you too Lindsay

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Danielle @ Clean Food Creative Fitness August 16, 2012 - 7:22 pm

Great video!!! I think learning to listen to my body is constantly a work in progress but I hope to someday be able to get there πŸ™‚

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purelytwins August 16, 2012 - 10:10 pm

Danielle you will!!

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Christa @ Edible Balance August 16, 2012 - 7:25 pm

I learned to love food when I became more conscious of how it made me feel, physically for the most part. It started with my Celiac Diagnosis, and really solidified with transitioning to vegetarian and plant-based. When I stopped looking at the nutritional stats and looked at the actual ingredients, that’s when it completely turned around! Eating real, whole foods I don’t have to worry about labels period!!

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Liz (formerly VeggieGirl) August 16, 2012 - 7:28 pm

These are EXCELLENT tips! It’s important to listen to one’s body and also to be patient if one has to change your course of action. It’s easy to fall into the trap of being too hard on oneself when something doesn’t work (and then one has to change what one is doing), but it’s a worthy journey.

(Okay, I need to stop typing in third person with “one.” It gets annoying typing all that, hahaha πŸ˜€ ).

Much love to you guys – thank you again for your inspiration, help, and for sharing your experiences!

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purelytwins August 16, 2012 - 10:11 pm

Liz love ya girl!! we cannot wait till the day we all get to hang out πŸ˜‰

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katieDid August 16, 2012 - 8:26 pm

This was well thought out and helpful πŸ™‚ I get some questions about this a lot and its such a tough topic to pin point because its so different for everyone, but you summed it up really well.

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purelytwins August 16, 2012 - 10:12 pm

Why thank you Katie, we struggle with how to answer it, so this means a lot. Thank you!

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Kelly @ Leafy Not Beefy August 16, 2012 - 10:06 pm

Love your guys’ blog! πŸ™‚

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Michelle @ Eat Move Balance August 16, 2012 - 10:20 pm

Great vlog, with an abundance of support and tips! I agree that having a good relationship with food takes WORK. It’s not easy, especially if it’s been a struggle in the past. It has taken me years, literally, to get to where I am now–which still isn’t perfect–but sooooo much improved that I’m happy and proud of how far I’ve come. And similar to you, I now want to reach out and help others do the same thing. πŸ™‚

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Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) August 17, 2012 - 6:14 am

Such a great message ladies! As always, thank you so much for sharing yourselves! This was perfect!

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Paige @ Your Trainer Paige August 17, 2012 - 1:57 pm

Love you girls! I think it’s great you’re trying out new strategies to see how your bodies respond. Gotta do what’s good for YOU πŸ™‚

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Jeff August 17, 2012 - 2:46 pm

You girls are awesome. A very positive message that many, many youths can and will benefit from hearing!

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jan August 18, 2012 - 8:42 pm

Those are great tips! I love that you are so open and are sharing what you’ve learned w/ others!

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jessie ann james August 21, 2012 - 12:21 am

its so fun to actually hear your voices! I love these videos and you ladies have such cute little accents:) The reason i found your site was way back when i searched for tips to love food! i agree its such a battle trying to find the right “medium” for what your body needs. tough to not let others get you down but its a journey that’s worth it in the end!!

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jessie ann james August 21, 2012 - 12:25 am

sorry one more comment! I actually did a post a little while back that is along the same lines i think! http://www.jessieannjames.com/?p=2315

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purelytwins August 21, 2012 - 8:29 am

Thanks Jessie for sharing!

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Lisa August 21, 2012 - 2:17 pm

Ah, really love this video! I think after coming back from HLS, I realized that I really have a hard time listening to my body and I do in fact have far too much food anxiety. It seems weird to realize this at a blogging conference, but I was so anxious that its simply not good for my body. Such a great message to share!

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Psyletta Gilroy May 20, 2014 - 3:17 pm

For me, I have to LEGALIZE the things that I enjoy. In other words, I have to tell myself that it’s okay to eat the things that I like. I do, however, have to eat a certain way because of my gut, but within reason, I try to allow sweets and whatnot. This blog has helped SO MUCH because of all of the recipes. There are so many things that I can’t eat, yet you guys have shown me a way to get some things that I like back into my diet, namely sweets. πŸ™‚

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