I thought it would be a good idea if we took a look at how to develop a healthy relationship with food and learn how the difference between a healthy relationship with food and an unhealthy one usually comes down to 3 main factors.
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We live in a world where food is constantly in our faces and even the very commercials we see on TV depict happiness and enjoyment from eating whatever food the ad is selling.
There is no doubt that you can enjoy eating and enjoy the foods you consume, but the difference between a healthy relationship and an unhealthy one comes down to 3 main factors:
Perception – People with healthy eating habits perceive food as a source of nourishment or fuel for their bodies rather than as a source of happiness or other emotion. The primary purpose of food is to energize our bodies.
Mindfulness – Having a healthy relationship with food means you understand that while some foods might be more nutritious than others, there are no intrinsically good or bad foods. This view helps prevent yoyo dieting or feeling as though your diet lifestyle is all or nothing.
Control – Many people associate a healthy diet as a restrictive diet which makes it difficult to not feel guilt or frustration when you splurge on a sweet treat. Someone with a healthy food relationship will practice self-control but will also not fret over an indulgence.
If you find that you tend to view food in an unhealthy manner or realize many of your meals or snack decisions are based on cravings or emotions, here are a few tips to practice.
TIP #1 – Stop Finishing the Bag or Clearing Your Plate
Start practicing the habit of leaving a little food left on your plate, in the bag, etc. If you are craving salty, savory chips, go ahead and eat some but don’t finish the bag. Similarly, if you order dessert, begin by leaving just a bite or two left on the plate. This will help you rethink how much you are eating, especially if you tend to binge.
TIP #2 – Keep Foods You Don’t Want Out of the House
While foods shouldn’t be viewed strictly as “good” or “bad”, it doesn’t mean you should always freely eat everything you want. If you are just trying to get a handle on emotional eating it is a good idea to clear out your home of any foods you’d rather not be tempted to consume. Often times late at night or after a stressful day at work we may crave something sweet, but the effort of going to the store to buy it is often enough to thwart the idea.
TIP #3 – Know the Difference Between Physical and Emotional Hunger
It may sound strange but many people eat even when they aren’t physically hungry. If you lead a stressful life you may even find that your snacks and mealtimes tend to run off your emotional hunger rather than physical hunger. Remember, there is nothing wrong with hearing your stomach growl. If you are unsure if you’re feeling hungry or if you do feel hungry but are sure you are eating enough calories, drink water. Staying hydrated is excellent for overall health but also is useful in fighting emotional hunger pangs.
Seeing food in a new light and firstly as a source of nourishment takes time and effort. If you at all suspect you have an eating disorder it is important to see professional help. All too often eating disorders are considered only those that involve starvation, but don’t forget that severe emotional eating can negatively affect your physical and mental well-being just as much.
Using The Right Tools
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is all about using the right tools. You can find a lot of great tools on my site and jump-start your journey to having a healthier lifestyle and a healthier relationship with food. I hope you check it out.