It’s not uncommon to experience negative feelings about body image these days, driven in large part by social media and the constant confrontation with pictures of seemingly perfect people living incredible lives on sites like Instagram and Facebook.

And this can often lead to a complicated relationship with food as we mere mortals strive to achieve the same results as all those famous faces we see day in, day out as we scroll around and about the world wide web.

We experiment with fad diets and cut out certain foods in a bid to make ourselves feel happier about the way we look – but if we’re not careful this can result in what is known as disordered eating, where we start to exhibit abnormal eating behaviours.

This is perhaps less well known than eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia, but that doesn’t mean that disordered eating isn’t just as serious and something that needs to be addressed before it really starts to take its toll.

But how do you know if you’re suffering from disordered eating or if you’re simply trying to eat clean? There are numerous indications that could suggest you’re perhaps not being as healthy as you might be where food is concerned, such as categorising food as either good or bad, clean or dirty, real or fake.

This in itself isn’t problematic but try to be self-aware and take note of how you’re feeling when it comes to the good and bad foods you’re eating. If, for example, you give yourself a hard time for eating something that you would consider to be ‘dirty’, then it might well be that your relationship with food isn’t as good as you might think.

Something else to watch out for is how you feel about yourself after you step on and off the bathroom scales. If the way you feel is related to whether the number on the scale has fallen since the last time you weighed yourself and you give yourself food-based rewards when you’re happy with your weight, it might be a good idea to seek professional advice before it goes too far.

Those of you struggling with weight loss and who are finding it hard to hit your goals might find it beneficial to see a Chiswick hypnotherapy specialist to see whether this can help in any way.

It can be difficult to break habitual responses at a conscious level but hypnosis makes it possible to access the subconscious mind, which is where habits are formed. Focusing the subconscious into a heightened state of awareness means it can be taught better ways to react and let go of any unwanted emotional responses. Get in touch with us today to find out more.

For more information about disordered eating, check out the Mind website now.

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