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
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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