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Do You Have A Healthy Relationship with Food?

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


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 live green site and jump-start your journey to having a

healthier lifestyle and a healthier relationship with food. I hope you check it out.

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Bonnie Ellen

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