Eating is anything but straightforward. Food does not exist to merely fuel us – it can be used for comfort, celebration, or sustenance. A healthy relationship with food is a difficult balancing act that requires self-compassion, patience, practice, and sometimes even professionals.
Finding balance in our diet is extremely important for our overall health. A great starting point is to make a realistic plan that balances eating for pleasure and hunger. Aim to be more mindful of indulgences, rather than avoiding them completely. Our brains aren’t rational when our blood sugar levels have dropped and we are “hangry” – and that’s when self-control is lowest. When we nourish our bodies with healthy food, our ghrelin (or hunger hormone) levels out making us less likely to reach for that bag of potato chips. You have more will power than you know, and the emotional reward of sticking to a plan will motivate you.
WAYS TO REBUILD YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH FOOD:
∙ Eliminate distractions. Remove electronics (or even that great novel you can’t put down) and focus only on your meal. Distracted eating can cause you to consume more calories.
∙ Relax and enjoy. Sit down at a table and focus on what you’re eating. Pay attention to all your senses, but most importantly, savor the flavor.
∙ Slow down. Take small bites, chew well, and set your fork down throughout your meal.
∙ Listen to your body. The “clean plate club” does not actually give out awards. When you feel satisfied and comfortably full, stop eating.
∙ Celebrate, but within parameters. Completely eliminating things we love doesn’t usually end well. Moderation is key!
Food connects us to people, cultures, and experiences, and it is so important to enjoy it! I want to help you create a healthy and sustainable relationship with food.
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