For the past 2 or so years, I've started and quit about 400,000,000 eating ideas. The one thing that is constant is that they are restrictive, I crave what's being restricted or get somewhere out of my control and eat something restricted and then the floodgates open and I eat all the things. That's not particularly healthy or healthful.
I've tried counting calories, but I get all weird and permissive.
I've tried Weight Watchers and it LITERALLY makes me obsessed with food, what I can fit in, what I can't fit in, etc.
I've tried clean eating and had a lot of success, but it's easy to backslide.
So here is what I am trying... Accountability. Just eating with intention. Taking a moment to notice if I am really hungry or if something else is going on there. It's not perfect. Sometimes I still make unhealthy choices, but that's ok.
What I am doing, stripped down, is taking BAD or GOOD off the table. It's just food. Which is just energy. I'm working on NOT flogging myself for every mistake. I'm working on listening to the anxious voice in my head, acknowledging, then moving on. I'm generally in charge of what's happening in my head, regardless of if I feel in control of it at the time.
I really, truly believe that once you start loving yourself for you, the rest kind of right sizes itself.
So, for today, I am exercising with intention, eating with intention, taking notice of the details.
It doesn't matter if I lose weight. Not even a pound. I just need to make the healthiest choice I can in the moment and move on to the next decision.