Changing Your Relationship With Food
I think that what most affects the relationship we have with food are our thoughts and perceptions, and the habits that they create. To improve the relationship, we have with food we first need to change our habits by altering and correcting our thoughts and perceptions.
I have struggled with a negative food relationship over the years, and still do, I went from eating too little, to too much, from food that didn’t nourish my body, to food that did, and along this journey I have learnt a lot and made so much progress, though there is still a long way to go.
The first unhelpful belief that I needed to alter was my fundamental belief about food, that it’s bad, that it makes me fat. I needed to change my perception from how food makes me look to how food makes me feel. Food isn’t bad, it doesn’t make us fat, it sustains us and gives us the energy to go about our day.
Understanding that there is food and there is junk is so important in creating a healthy relationship with food, it is true that not all food is good for us or does good things to our bodies, so it’s important to make the distinction between food and junk.
Of course, it’s okay to eat junk every now and then, but it’s important to understand that it’s not food, your diet should consist of real, whole foods with the occasional treat here and there.
Before eating, ask yourself “Does this serve me?”. Will it make your body feel good? Will it make your mind feel good? Is it fueling your body? This really helps you to become a more mindful eater and to be more aware of what you’re eating and why.
It’s all about variety and everything in moderation, eating too much of one thing isn’t good for you, as your body won’t be getting the variety of vitamins and minerals it requires.
Therefore, eating a well-balanced diet of fruit, vegetables, whole grains, protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats is so important, as each one provides the body with essential nutrients it requires to function at its best.
Lastly, enjoy your food, if it doesn’t taste nice or you don’t want it then don’t eat it, eating is supposed to be an enjoyable experience, why else would so many of our holidays revolve around food? Don’t eat something just because ‘it’s good for you’ or because it’s the newest super food, eat because it makes you happy, because it makes your body feel amazing, because it tastes incredible.