Oral Fixations: Body Image for Foodies

Foodie life is rough, y’all. All we do is eat, cook, talk about food, and purchase food. It’s a life of intense hedonism, but someone’s gotta do it.

However, sometimes that hedonism takes over our self-control. We find ourselves eating five too many Nutella cinnamon pancakes and neglecting the yoga mats in the corner of our room. Our jeans get a bit tighter, but maybe we just left them in the dryer for too long? Besides, we’re too busy pursuing our passion to be concerned with portion control. Or so we tell ourselves.

Sometimes, however, our passion gets in the way of how we feel about ourselves. Only if you’re one of those lucky folks with a fast metabolism can you have your cake and not get fat. The rest of us mortals can only indulge for so long before the pounds creep on. I’m not saying that curves are a bad thing. More cushion for the pushin’ ain’t a problem. But we all know our threshold for weight gain when “curvy” turns into “love handles.”

This semester I’m living a culinary-themed dorm, where my roommates regularly bake things like this (as seen in the photo above).

All of those tasty treats and the end of a frigid Copenhagen winter have left me regretting my lethargy and indulgent eating. It’s not that bad, but it’s not so cute. I don’t feel at home in my body, which leads to a messy swirl of negative, self-deprecating thoughts inside my head on a daily basis. Even with a lovely manfriend who voluntarily feeds me compliments, even when I know my butt actually looks better in jeans with a couple extra pounds.

But life is too splendid to walk around in a cloud of negative body image! And we all love food to much to diet. C’mon now. So, fellow foodies, we have to compromise in order to pursue what we love. We have to get over our hangups so we can carry ourselves with poise and confidence, be proud of our flesh, and enjoy our sexytimes.

**7 Ways to Feel Awesome About Yourself Even Though You Like Eating More Than Is Socially Acceptable. And It Shows.**

1. Do something empowering! Go for a run, ace a test, be a better friend. If you’re slacking in one area of your life, it helps to kick ass with other parts.

2. More veggies. You can still eat too much, but eat too much of the good stuff.

3. Keep a food journal. It’s no fun, it’s a little embarrassing, but it gets you thinking about what you’re ingesting and when. Go above and beyond by also jotting down your mood and actual hunger level when you eat.

4. Omega-3s. Pop some fish oil or flaxseed oil capsules for a nice glow and smoother skin.

5. Examine your wardrobe. Don’t throw out all your “skinny” clothes when you get a little soft around the middle, but consider what would be more flattering at this point in your life. Maybe those matchstick jeans aren’t the best idea.

6. Have a chat. It helps to unload your self-doubts on a friend you can trust.

7. Self-lovin’. Or lovin’ in general. Oxytocin and endorphins are magical.

Cherry on Top is SKC’s resident sex-food expert. Her favorite foods are chocolate, strawberries, and Indian food. She likes her men to be beautiful awkward weirdos, but isn’t too picky.

Originally posted on Thursday, March 29th, 2012

5 Responses to “Oral Fixations: Body Image for Foodies”

  1. Hannah Doolin

    March 29th, 2012

    Great post : ) Glad I’m not alone in this inner-conflict! Luckily my love for food often overshadows any insecurities, but there’s always that nasty twinge of self-doubt at times. It’s all a matter of balance.

  2. Kenzie

    March 29th, 2012

    I love this! Funny & so true!

  3. Brynn Cahalan

    March 30th, 2012

    I’ve been having these thoughts lately, too! Love this post.

  4. Anna

    April 4th, 2012

    Love that you’re taking on this subject. I say plenty of runs and kale smoothies with chia seeds :)

  5. WellDatrix

    April 5th, 2012

    This is a great post! We especially love the idea of eating more veggies and Omega-3s. Great additions to any low calorie diet or diet in general.

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