We all have a relationship with food, and for most of us, it’s one that’s often toxic and out of balance. One of our clients at American Family Fitness, Mishelle Jordan, is someone who personifies her relationship with sugar so vividly that she has finally broken free of its abuse. A client of trainer Moe Nunez, Mishelle had the courage to finally break up with sugar two months ago.
This morning when I saw Mishelle at the gym, she beckoned me over. With one hand on her hip and a finger waving, she told me that her ex had called her non-stop the last two nights. He wouldn’t leave her alone. He begged for her to come back to her. He told her how good he had been to her, how comforting he was, and how much she neeeeeeded him. Explaining further to me, with some sass in her voice, she said: “you know when your’e dancing in the club and you see your ex (or you are walking in town and see him), and you get all sorts of feelings that rise up again? Well I was dancing in my kitchen, with my kids’ Halloween candy on the kitchen table, and I felt NOTHING! I mean, I tried him anyways, him and his friends…I was a bit of a hooker last night…I ate a Butterfinger, a Tootsie Roll and a Snickers…BUT he wasn’t any good and neither were his friends. They were all waxy, filmy, and unsatisfying. He is a liar. He is toxic. On top of it all, I now see that he’s not even a good lover, he never was and he never will be!”
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Breaking free of a food addiction or toxic relationship with food is no different than breaking up with an ex. It will be painful. You will have to mourn and you will have to make major life changes. You will be fearful that you can actually live without your ex and you will worry that you will never find love (or freedom and happiness) again. Mishelle is a client who openly claims to have had “an affair with sugar” behind her trainer’s back, and if Mishelle can break up with sugar, so can you. She left today with these words: “I am going home today and getting rid of him forever. And his friends too. You know, chocolate chip, tootsie roll and Twix, and all the whole gang. I’m done forever. I feel better and more alive eating Paleo and teaching my kids how to have a better relationship with food than what I have known.”
Don’t be afraid to personify your relationship with food, it’s actually an effective tool. Everyone has the ability to have a healthy, balanced relationship with food, but you must willing to work for it (just like any relationship takes work) to have it.