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The Power of Support

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Change can be a lonely road.

Changing your unhealthy behaviors with food requires, as a foundation, a healthy eating program. Some people might find that cutting out added sugars and refined foods and cleaning up their diet is all they need to do to reach their health and weight loss goals. Others might need to dig deeper into their psychological and emotional life. If this is simply not enough to help you overcome your struggles with food and eating, consider reaching out for support.

Support can take a variety of forms. It might involve talking to the people you live with and asking them to keep certain foods out of your reach (or possibly not even buying them for a period of time). It might involve joining a group, either online or in person, related to some aspect of your eating issue. You might need a coach. Working with a trained mental health professional, such as a psychologist or therapist, may also be helpful for you.

If you choose to use social media for a support system, I recommend you limit the amount of time you spend searching for and looking at food and recipes. A more productive use, in my opinion, is to use social media to discover inspirational before/after stories and figure out how other people have handled a specific troubling food situation you are facing. For example, if you are going on vacation, you might want to search a relevant Facebook group for travel tips so that you can maintain your eating program while you’re on a trip. While you might mentally go into vacay mode, your body doesn’t. A vacation is not an excuse to abandon healthy eating.

If you don’t want to specifically connect with others, consider creating a blog or an Instagram account to share your story with the great Void of the Internet.

There is no shame in asking for help or reaching out for support.

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