Every show Iâve been to Iâve heard comments like this from competitors.
Usually if people try to engage in these conversations with me, Iâll make an effort to lead by example. I communicate my thoughts regarding food post show and reinforce listening to my body, enjoying the whole show day experience while Iâm here & focusing on that, & knowing Iâll be able to enjoy foods based on what I want and choose but I donât need it in large amounts and havenât thought about that all day and night because I really have prioritized other conversations taking my energy.
I donât think itâs ALWAYS a problem or red flag for competitors to eat backstage.
Obviously everyoneâs process is different. But the food fixation and obsession just seems like such a disservice to the journey every athletes been on to then make it about food :/. Itâs important to refuel and nourish our body & everyoneâs body can respond differently!
Some can handle trying all the cookies or donuts & some canât. I think the physical response aside, it can have a major impact on your mentality with food if the first thing you do after show is eat something youâve been âdyingâ to have. I want to really emphasize here that Iâm not saying to have no food youâre offered or given or nothing at all after the show. But Iâm encouraging a more mindful approach when doing so.
Ask yourself & your body how you feel & what would benefit you in that moment & after.
I know thereâs been times where I feel confident that a cookie is what Iâm going to have but that most of all I need to see my family or friends if any are present, talk to judges and my coach, drink water, shower, & relax a bit. If you have an opportunity to have a memorable moment with loved ones or other athletes, & food is involved, itâs great to participate but know that you can do whatâs best for you just as youâve done your whole prep.
Practice mindfulness & be considerate of how your body feels & what you really want from / in that moment. Sometimes delaying the gratification of taste is the best option as opposed to quickly eating all the food because others are.
âI'm not preaching chicken & asparagus or cookies n donuts, just mindful & confident choices.