Does anyone else have food dreams when dieting? (We are talking about dieting here, not the overall focus on becoming healthy.) On past food restriction efforts, I would have dreams about food early in the process. Not taunting dreams – just food would be omnipresent. I would awaken feeling deprived and frustrated and acutely aware of my caloric deficit.
This time, since embarking on my health plan last September, I have not dreamed dreamt (happy 10th grade anglophile English teacher?) about food. Last night, however, I had the strangest dream about life style changes. To put this in context, the past 3 weeks have been difficult for me: being out-of-town, being around my family of origin, understanding more about my “unhealthy-ness” (OK, let’s call it what is, lack of self-care), slacking on monitoring and physical activity, starting to want to overeat, a bit of discouragement setting in. In last night’s dream — you know I have decided not to bother readers with details and my analysis (actually I did write it out, but there was too much psychobabble – emphasis on psycho – makes for truly boring reading). I’ll just reveal that instead of dreaming about food, I dreamed about my problems with changing my behavior and difficulties staying on track.
By writing out the details and realizing all the characters in the dream were parts of myself, I got a wake-up call (from a dream ;)) about how to get back on track. Seems like my psyche knows better than I do what would help. Wait, my psyche is me – so YAY for me. Now I feel more encouraged and capable of continuing the long process of maintaining all of the mechanisms that work for me to lose weight and be more physically active.
One of these days I will write a post about why certain types of writing are, indeed, healthy – with evidence. Promise.