Do You Have A Healthy Relationship with Food?

January 15, 2018

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 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

Content provided by my Fyzzbee newsletter.
 

 

Blessings,

 

Bonnie Ellen 
 

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