It’s Day 1 of the HealthyGirl.org Book Club, hooray! As many of you know, our first book club pick is Crave by Cynthia Bulik, Ph.D. We’re going to post on a topic or thought from each chapter once a week. We hope you’ll read along with us, but you don’t have to in order to get something really helpful out of these posts.
The first thing that really struck me in Dr. Bulik’s first chapter was this super simple list of questions that she uses to help people figure out if they have an unhealthy relationship with food.
How many of her Qs do you say yes to?
1. Do you feel compelled to eat when an urge to binge is coming on?
2. Have you always had “issues” with food?
3. Do you have negative weight associations, i.e., “fat” is “bad” and “thin” is “good”?
4. Do you frequently lie about the amount of food you eat?
5. Do you often wait until you’re alone to eat?
6. Once you start eating do you have difficulty stopping?
7. Do you build your day around eating?
8. Do you hide secret stashes of food around the house/in the car?
9. Do you have feelings of shame, guilt, remorse or inadequacy after overeating?
10. Do you have a list of “bad foods” that you secretly crave?
11. Do you often “black out” or “zone out” during overeating, to the point where you barely remember, let alone taste, what you ate?
At one time in my life I would’ve answered yes to nearly every single one of these questions. Now? It’s just two: Number 2, of course, and also number 6. (Sometimes it’s still tough for me to push my plate away, especially when I’m eating carbs.)
How many of these Qs from Dr. Bulik do you answer “yes” to? How many would you have said “yes” to a couple years ago? What does this say to you about your relationship with food?