Are you eating healthy because of fear?

Eating clean is an absolutely wonderful way of life. Except when it isn’t. Eating clean because you’re afraid you’ll get cancer or some other life changing disease if you don’t is not a great approach. You should want to eat clean because you love it and it makes you happy. Fear tends to cause us to do things because we have to, not because we want to.

Law of attraction mandates that what you put your attention on you will draw into your experience. If what you are focusing on is primarily negative, guess what? You will draw that which is negative. If you live a life where you are afraid of getting sick you will likely be ill frequently. If you have a fear of getting cancer because a family member had it you are more likely to draw cancer into your experience.  Any positive lifestyle change – whether it be eating in a more nutritious way, exercising, detoxing or meditation can become a negative experience if you are doing these things for the wrong reasons.

How do you change  if you’ve become fear based in your thinking regarding healthy eating?  One tip is to simply ask yourself if you’re truly enjoying what you’re eating. Keeping a food diary and writing down everything you eat for a few days can also be an eye opening experience. Writing down not just what you’re eating but how you’re feeling can unearth any underlying issues. Something else that is helpful is to be mindful while you’re eating. Are you sitting down to eat or are you standing over the sink and rushing through your meal?  Additionally, it’s perfectly okay to have a cheat meal once a week if that’s your desire. It will keep life fun, prevent obsessiveness and may prevent you from abandoning clean eating altogether.

Don’t eat clean because you’re afraid of what will happen if you don’t. Clean eating is about eating in a nutritious way for the sheer enjoyment of it. If eating in a clean, healthy and nutritious way is making you a happier person then you are absolutely on the right track. If you find yourself getting really rigid and obsessive about it then it’s time to take a look  and ask yourself why you’re doing what you’re doing.