Your Relationship with Food
A healthy mindset about food and healthy eating habits go a long way toward helping people achieve weight-loss and weight maintenance goals. Unfortunately, many people struggle with the relationship between food and dieting. For some, this means falling off a diet by secretly consuming chocolate chip cookies, muffins, ice cream, fried chicken and hamburgers.
Yo-yo dieting is another way an unhealthy relationship with food manifests itself. Some can be on top of their diet game for weeks or months at a time, then relapse and gain weight by eating high caloric items filled with refined sugars, and unhealthy fats. Others eat emotionally to insulate themselves from their feelings- eating comfort foods when they're stressed, sad, bored, or lonely.
Our relationship with food is an important part of restoring balance to our overall wellness.
How to Change your Relationship with Food
- Stop punishing yourself for what you already ate: Instead of stressing out and punishing yourself for the cookies you ate the other night, focus and get back on track today!
- Listen to your body and practice mindful eating: Eat your food without any distractions and listen to your body to make sure that you are satisfied after your meals.
- Stop the vicious cycle of all-or-nothing: If you had pizza or a donut, try to let it go! Most of us think "well I ate that donut so I may as well just keep going" this usually turns into a food binge.
- Love your body: Fuel your body with healthy nutrients and your body will take care of the rest. There are some things we can't change and those things we have to accept and love about ourselves. For the things we CAN change, we need to respect our bodies and give it the care it needs to take care of us.