Anxiety Around Food

Today I want to talk about // Food Anxiety //


As we were heading for Vegas I felt the urge to snack before leaving the house. I wasn’t hungry, I got this urge right after breakfast. I felt like there wasn’t going to be food available for a while, and that made me anxious. Once we got in the car I felt fine and calm because I knew we’d be able to stop if any of us got hungry.

I was able to connect this to when I used to work in retail and babysit out of my home for hours on end. I was always away from the house and I used to snack constantly. It’s like I was trying to avoid being stuck with the feeling of being hungry. A feeling I used to hate.

Now I like the feeling of hunger, and I look forward to it. Of course, I don’t like it to last too long because then I am uncomfortable, but I don’t mind it when it comes and is satisfied within the hour.


The good news here is that you don’t have to wait for your life situation to change. You don’t have to wait until you’re working at home to stop this pattern of overrating because you’re afraid of hunger. All you need to do is identify this fear and respond to it the next time it happens. *Reacting* by eating may be what you’re used to. *Responding* by recognizing the situation means looking at it, taking a break, and accepting the truth that we live in pretty privileged times. Most of us can get to food when we need it. We need to CALM ourselves down. We often get way to hyper around food.

What do you think? Can you relate to this?

Love, Paige

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  • Jenayl

    This is so close to my heart. It is almost like this was the habit of everyday, as I was trying to not be hungry so I wouldn’t eat too much later, I would overeat when my body didn’t really want to eat so that I would avoid any later moments of weak hunger. What a nasty process, but a beautiful realization that we can be strong enough to “respond” to the demon that would lead me to disappoint my body and heart because of what that process would do to my health and mind.
    It is also amazing how much this process also impacted my relationship for the worst as well. Not only with my boyfriend but with my family. When I would feel bad about myself because of this habit of anxiously eating, I reached out to tangible and incomplete recourses to make me think this was okay, even when they had no idea what I was doing this. I would constantly ask them for affirmation of my looks to think it would be “okay” for me to continue this process. It tore us apart and I search my soul and the word of God to allow me to overcome these trials everyday.
    I wanted to respond and say thank you Paige for sharing, and allowing me to respond. I want to remember to RESPOND positively and not give in. I love having that inner peace and feeling in control.
    Here is to a beautiful day of responding positively and loving myself πŸ™‚

    • healthyhitsthespot

      Jenayl this is so special. I love that you’ve had this breakthrough. I can COMPLETELY relate to you on the relationship part. I don’t use this against my relationship with Marco, but in previous relationships when I was really struggling with foods it’s pretty much all I would talk about. So, I know how you feel there. I would love to help you in these areas, Jenayl. I hope your 2014 is off to a loving start and you’re able to respond gently with yourself. Thinking of you!

  • This issue impacts my life every day, almost every meal. I always plan and pack my meals for work and dinner, but if plans change and we end up going out to eat during the weekend, I get anxious about it. I get very anxious if I don’t know the exact time I’ll have my next meal, especially away from home since I don’t want to end up snacking on junk…it actually just happened today and I had some chocolate and doritos…I don’t even like Doritos! Usually I keep some nuts or a Larabar in my purse, but I thought we’d be grabbing lunch way sooner than we did. Frustrating!

    • healthyhitsthespot

      Hi Ashley! Totally relatable. I used to be the same. If I didn’t know exactly when I was going to eat, it would freak me out. Having a snack with you definitely helps because you know that you don’t have to go without food if plans do change. Even having a bite of a LB or a small handful of nuts can help keep that feeling at bay until your meal.

  • It with what I face every day! Usually I prefer to carry at least something edible in a bag if I leave the house. After my problems with food when I starved all the time, I simply hate feeling of hunger! As soon as I feel that is really hungry (not with boredom or nerves), I can’t simply wait. And not to have a bite unhealthy things, I prefer to take banana or nuts always!

    • healthyhitsthespot

      Always a good idea to keep snacks with you when you have the tendency to feel anxious when there’s no food around.

  • Maddy

    Haha this is so completely me! My friend and I were talking about it when we both identified this irrational feeling of panic about when we are going to get our next meal when realistically no we weren’t going to die of starvation, we will definitely be fed most likely every 3hrs so it’s okay! Difficult mindset to change, but once identified that’s the first step to change πŸ™‚

    • healthyhitsthespot

      I totally agree! It’s all about your mindset.