Fear of snakes, fear of heights, fear of death. Who has a fear of food?—Wait did you just say food? Yes food who is afraid of food. If you were to ask me what my biggest fear is I would say snakes hands down, I hate snakes, the very sight of them will make me cringe, shiver, scream—you name it. If I were asked this question a couple years ago a more thoughtful answer would have been food and I bet some of you out there are agreeing with me.
Before we talk about how we deal with our fears, I think it is important to look at where fears stem from. As always I go back to definitions. Fear is defined as, An unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat. I am going to take this definition a step further and say most fears most likely stem from the unknown or a lack of knowledge on a topic. Take snakes for example, the average snake I will encounter in my lifetime will not harm me. In fact the ones that have caused me to run away or scream the loudest have either been a gardener snake, on TV, or in a biology text book. Why then am I afraid.—That is a complicated question better tackled by a psychologist who would most likely bring the root of my fear back to my father (don’t read much into this my dad is awesome he just hates snakes too 😉 ) but I am going to simplify the answer to this question and say most fears probably stem from ignorance.
So let’s bring this back to food. What is the number one reason someone would fear food?—“Because it makes me fat of course would be the answer I get.” This answer, however, is misinformed. Food doesn’t make us fat, the food we choose to eat makes us fat. Food chosen correctly fuels our bodies and minds and allows us to reach our goals. The problem is no one is taught to eat correctly. We are taught to count calories and keep them low, but we aren’t taught what we should eat. There is a great book out called, The Smarter Science of Slim: What the Actual Experts Have Proven about Fat Loss By Jonathan Bailor, John Paine, Hillel Black, Mary Rose Bailor. This book shows you exactly why cutting calories and being afraid of food won’t give you the body you want, but the main point goes back to quality over quantity. The quality of the food you eats far outweighs the quantity.—Before you go getting excited though realize quality is harder than quantity. Anyone can go out and run a long distance…..well maybe not EVERYONE, but if you set your mind to it I bet any of you could go out and slowly jog 10 miles. Who though can go out and put in 10 quality miles?—That is harder.
Now before you give up on me I am going to sum up this post right now. I don’t care if you are eating low cal, high cal, quality food, or pizza yet. What I do care about is that you start to educate yourself. FIND A MEAL TRACKER—right now go get one! Download loseit.com, myfitnesspal, calorieking, 20/20BEwell. Then actually track. Don’t worry yet about what you are tracking, but track what you put into your mouth. The first step to overcoming a fear is learning about it. Learn about what you are putting in your body. Then we can talk about whether or not this fear is rational.