Mental Health Monday 6/20/16: “Why can’t I stop thinking about food?”

June 20, 2016 in Recovery

Hi guys and happy Monday! Hope you all enjoyed your weekend and had a great Father’s day with your loved ones! Going to be linking up with Julia today for another Mental Health Monday.


“Why can’t I stop thinking about food?” -> Something that many struggle with in eating disorder recovery, and something that I most definitely struggled with. I decided to make a video for y’all on this topic and share my thoughts instead of a written post.

Hope you all enjoy it. 🙂 Have a wonderful Monday guys!

Now tell me: 

Did you struggle with thinking about food too much? How were you able to break free from those thoughts?

Sending my love as always.



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  • Reply Emily June 20, 2016 at 4:41 am

    LYSS a video of you!!! <3 Yay for videos. We need to Skype sometime! <3 I'm going to watch this tomorrow hopefully!

    • Reply Alyssa June 20, 2016 at 7:48 pm

      Emily I would LOVE to skype- we really should!! You are such a sweetie, thank you for your support!!

  • Reply Marina @ A Dancer's Live-It June 20, 2016 at 11:49 am

    AMEN TO THIS! This is SUCH an important topic. I struggled with this for a long time too, especially with the denying yourself something. It makes so much sense! I’ll never count calories again either, it was the worst. It really does all come down to control, and staying in the moment is all I had to do to break free from these thoughts! And you’re beautiful by the way <3

    • Reply Alyssa June 20, 2016 at 7:47 pm

      Yesss it does come to staying in the moment!! Counting calories or macros is something I will never do in my future. And thank you so much Marina!! You ar e a beaut as well 🙂 love ya!

  • Reply Cayanne Marcus @healthyezsweet June 20, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    Yes, even moderation can sometimes feel like food restriction and inhibit our ability to enjoy an otherwise lovely situation. I do my best to honor cravings as they come, but it can be difficult when we think we’re “supposed” to have just once piece of bread. Proud of you for checking in with yourself emotionally <3

    • Reply Alyssa June 22, 2016 at 1:50 pm

      I agree about moderation- I think that can certainly inhibit our ability to enjoy the present! Thank you so much for watching Cayanne and your thoughts! xoxo

  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot June 21, 2016 at 12:20 am

    Yes! I think its hard when we have all of these food rules in our heads for ourselves to not follow these made up rules. If were starving hungry at 930pm after we ate dinner, should we ignore the hunger because we’re not “supposed” to eat after a certain time?
    Thats how i used to feel and sometimes feel off and on. It’s hard to do something when you feel like youre going against what you “should” be doing with food.

    • Reply Alyssa June 22, 2016 at 1:51 pm

      Thank you so much for watching Heather! I agree- it is hard to do something that we feel like we shouldn’t do> i used to be the same way about eating after dinner. I am so glad we have broken free of those food rules!

  • Reply Sarah @ BucketListTummy June 21, 2016 at 1:23 am

    Great video, Alyssa! I applaud you for sharing valuable information and experience for people who will benefit so greatly 🙂

    • Reply Alyssa June 22, 2016 at 1:52 pm

      Thank you so much Sarah! That means a lot to me 🙂

  • Reply sarah June 21, 2016 at 1:41 am

    Great video Alyssa! And you had some awesome tips, I really like the videos, keep them up 🙂

    • Reply Alyssa June 22, 2016 at 1:52 pm

      Thank you Sarah!! Means so so much to me <3

  • Reply Kate June 21, 2016 at 11:30 am

    You’ve got so many important things to say, thanking you for sharing. I find when I am not eating enough at meals I think about food more than a should. I am with you in that I now see all the more important things my kind should be focused on.
    Having to plan meals for terry and I has brought back some of the food planning, but I find if I do it mostly at the beginning of the week my mind is freed up for other things.
    I really like the point you made about the menus. I would only eat at places that had nutrition information when I was deep in ED, so I limited myself so much. Most of my favorite restaurants now don’t have info nor do I look it up if they do. I trust my body to tell me what I want now.

    • Reply Alyssa June 22, 2016 at 1:54 pm

      Thank you for watching! <3 I agree with you too- when I don't eat enough at meals, I think about food more. Again, I think it's that mind body connection. Our minds know when we are satisfied or not. I am so glad you have learned to trust your body Kate, it is hard but it is SO worth it.

  • Reply Amanda @ Real Life Recovery Diary June 21, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    I love love love this because it’s something I struggled with (and sometimes continue to!) a lot in recovery. What helped me the most was actually eating enough and eating whatever I want! Crazy how less obsessed I became once I was properly fed 🙂

    • Reply Alyssa June 22, 2016 at 1:55 pm

      Yessss- when we eat enough we don’t fixate on food so much! Thank you for watching babe <3

  • Reply Caroline June 24, 2016 at 1:07 am

    Thank you for this! I waited to watch until I actually had time to sit and listen. I love so many of the points that you made here (I actually took notes!). Thanks for speaking about this behavior; I think it’s something that many who have experienced/are experiencing disordered eating habits struggled with (I know I have!). Love the wonderful tips you have. Enjoy your weekend sweetie! 🙂

    • Reply Alyssa June 24, 2016 at 11:10 pm

      Aw thank you so much Caroline! <3 that means so much to me, thank you for watching!! I hope you have a wonderful weekend as well girl!

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