How is your relationship with food?
Do you have a relationship with food?
Is it a way to fuel your body or do you use it as an emotional crutch?
Do you think of it as good or bad? Naughty or Nice?
Feel guilty or punish yourself? Does it make you feel weak or strong?
If you don’t get what I mean then you probably have a healthy relationship with food.
Food has been my friend and foe for many, many years…..
I’ve tried many fad diets, lost weight, gained weight, binged, starved, eliminated foods etc….
Many of my friends and clients have the same story
They label certain foods in certain ways.
“I was naughty today, I had a cake”
” I feel guilty for pigging out last night”
Who made up these rules and labels?
Food is just food (yes it is!!) . When we start to learn to relabel it our relationship will become more harmonious.
Sure food should be a pleasure and one of life’s loves.
It’s when we ‘use’ it to help us deal with our feelings and emotions we need to take a closer look at it
Food is neither good or bad, right or wrong.
It’s just fuel for our body’s many systems.
It can change how we function on a daily basis.
Eating salad all day will make you feel much different to eating donuts 😉
Once we start thinking about it differently then the hold it has over us will start to lessen.
How can you start thinking differently about food?
1. Watch your internal/external language.
How do you talk about food? What words do you use?
Once you have an awareness and then you can start to change your language (e.g.good/bad/naughty). As human beings we tend to want the things that are ‘bad’ and don’t do us much good. If we remove that ‘bad’ label then we are less likely to want it
2. Focus on how you ear rather than what you eat
We have lost the art of eating without distraction. When was the last time you ate without reading, talking, checking your phone?? We sometimes hungrily hoover up a plate full of food without realising it and stare at an empty plate still wanting more.
Try eating slowly and savouring your food. Chew well, this is the first step of digestion. You will feel more satisfied, satiated and fuller for longer.
3. Learn to love cooking
Make time to prepare and cook foods. Find new recipes and foods that will nourish and heal your body. Keep it simple and wholesome trying to moving away from pre-packahed foods.
Learn and feel which foods work well for your energy, sleep, and hormonal balance.
Once you get this right weight loss will effortlessly happen 🙂
At the end of the day if you want a slice of cake then have it.
Make sure you savour the texture, taste and smell and really enjoy it…. guilt free.
Eating one slice of cake occasionally will not make you gain
weight and send your hormones haywire.
However eating cake every day will 😉
Yes you can have you cake and eat it!!