Food taking too much mental space and energy
If you start wondering whether you are paying too much or too little attention to your eating habits and your body image, it’s quite likely that you are already developing an eating disorder. Common types of eating disorders go from eating too little (anorexia) to over-eating (obesity), binge eating (bulimia), eating in some times of the day (fasting and/or night eating), over-controlling the macronutrients (ortorexia) and paying too much attention to body image and muscles (bigorexia).
Food can be used to address personal and interpersonal issues if self-confidence and body image overlap in our mental representation, or the physical sensations given by eating and fasting may be sought to cope with overwhelming emotions. In these cases, people feel ashamed of their relationship with food and don’t feel like talking about that: this is the wakeup call indication that there is an eating disorder.
We want to make clear that in our sessions, we will not give any dietary prescriptions, nor have any expectations on food intake, as nutritionists and dietologists do. Instead, expect to talk a little about food and a lot about your feelings, because if you are paying so little or so much attention to your eating habits, there is an emotional and maybe relational reason, and this is what we need to work on, towards a renovated self-confidence.