Ladies – raise your hand if this sounds familiar!
You wake up on a regular Wednesday morning and so far nothing seems out of the ordinary. You have a shower and while drying off you take a glance in the mirror and have a fleeting negative thought about your body. Getting dressed you feel somewhat uncomfortable in the outfit you chose, it feels tight for some reason. You change. You change again. And by the 4th outfit, you’re in a bad mood and full of bad body talk.
Breakfast is normally a green smoothie but today you’re feeling like something a bit more warm and comforting. You decide on toast.
It’s 10am, you’re at work now and feeling hungry. You give in to a muffin in the break room. Why not, you tell yourself, my clothes don’t fit and I’m fat anyway.
At lunch you’re feeling guilt and shame for the toast AND the muffin. Like, who eats that many carbs when their clothes are ALREADY tight?! So you have a simple veggie salad, no dressing. You feel slightly better about yourself and promise to not eat anything else till dinner.
But 4pm rolls around and that salad was JUST NOT ENOUGH. You’re starving and you still have an hour to go till you’re done work, PLUS you’re supposed to go to the gym later. So you decide on an apple but then can’t resist the cookies your coworker brought in. Ugh, what is WRONG with me today?? Why can’t I just stop eating? Why am I so fat?! I hate my body…
You can’t face the gym after work because you feel bloated and uncomfortable, and you just want to go home and relax in your comfy pants. As you’re driving home, your mind is bombarded with more guilt and shame.
Once again you’re in the mood for something warm and comforting, but you’re fighting it because you feel like you should eat nothing but celery. But you realize that you obviously need more than that so you whip up a quick egg scramble and toss in a few veggies. Feeling good about your decision, you momentarily have a positive thought about yourself. But after glancing down at your stomach, you think, who am I kidding. I’m still fat.
10 minutes later, you’re spoon deep in the Nutella jar.
Sigh….any of that ring a bell for you?
“Fat Days” are NO fun. But if you can simply understand them better, you can massively change your reaction and experiences with them.
Generally speaking, ‘FDs’ are caused by:
- fluctuating hormones
- digestive issues
- poor sleep
So if you experience this feeling, when one day you feel fine and accepting (possibly even good) about your body, and the next day suddenly it’s disgusting, ask yourself what might be happening in your body right now.
How did you sleep the night before? Are you worried or anxious about something? Are you getting your period soon? Are you in a menopausal hormone shift? Are you having trouble with bowel regularity? Did you have a fight with your spouse? Did you eat something that didn’t agree with you?
In Wellness, Krista
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