Why spending time reading nutrition labels can negatively impact your health

I suppose if you read the title of this blog post and you made it this far you were either confused, intrigued, or about ready to say I’m wrong.

I get it. I used to spend the majority of my time at grocery stores reading labels after labels after labels.

At one point in time, my husband would not go grocery shopping with me because I took too long and I was a complete control freak about everything we bought. It had to be organic, it could not contain sugar, had to have minimal fat, and heaven forbid we buy something ‘processed.’

I would give him the dirtiest and most judgmental looks when he would buy anything deemed ‘unhealthy.’ Even though I was envious that he could just ‘eat’ those items without an ounce of guilt.

Which brings me back to the main message here: spending time reading nutrition labels CAN negatively impact your health.

How can that be? Because your health is not exclusively controlled and defined by only the foods you eat.

When you become more and more influenced by external factors and move further away from your own choices, decisions, and opinions about food, your health will become affected.

Just hear me out for a minute.

I know it might seem like it doesn’t negatively impact your health, but it can.

A common misconception about defining health is it solely comes from your weight, your pants size, or how ‘healthy’ or ‘clean’ you eat.

Your health has so much more to do with your emotional well being.

Now, does nutrition that comes from the foods you eat play a part in your health? Yes, but it is not everything. And when you make it everything, that’s when the balance gets lost and your own intuition gets hindered and even silenced.

From my own personal journey and countless times I see this happen with my clients, eating cleaner or healthier, weighing less, and working out more does NOT equate or even guarantee happiness, success, acceptance, and improved health.

Turning off your body’s innate wisdom of sharing with you what tastes good, what you’re actually hungry for, and knowing what truly makes you feel good is very different from reading a nutrition label and letting the calories, fat, protein, carbohydrates, sodium, and sugar content deem what’s acceptable. Or maybe what you feel you ‘should’ or ‘shouldn’t’ eat.

Once my clients were able to let go of their preconceived notions about only associating the nutrition label with defining their health and allowing themselves to make that decision…that’s when the magic happened!

And when I say magic, I mean they are now eating guilt free, feeling normal around food, not missing out on important events in life because food was taking the main focus, finally feeling comfortable in their body, and most importantly…taking back ownership of their health!

💜 Katie
Certified Holistic Health Coach
Eating Disorder Recovery Coach

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