Tired of The Guilt?
Here's How to Have a Better Relationship With Food
By: Jenna Davidson
If you’re working on your eating habits and overall lifestyle, you know the intense feelings that can come with it. Anxiety about holidays and restaurant food, fear that you’ll gain the weight back and of course, guilt. Guilt after indulging or even enjoying your food.
Can you create any freedom for yourself?
Is there a way to find some wiggle room?
How can you have a better relationship with food?
WHAT DOES FOOD MEAN TO YOU?
Is food comforting? Do you use it to bring your family together? Is eating a sacred act for you? Many say that “food is fuel”. But it’s way more than that! You’re not a nutrition robot, you’re a human being (hopefully). So, food means more than macros and nutrients. It’s part of life, culture and love. Take the time to figure out what food is to you and you’ll get some insight into your eating habits (some healthy and maybe some unhealthy). You can’t possibly know where to start if you don’t know what needs fixing. It’s also good to see where you don’t need fixing. Give yourself some credit whenever you can.
Ever wolf down an entire meal under five minutes flat? You were abducted by aliens and blacked out, were watching television or had to rush between schedule thing A and schedule thing B. Did you feel extremely sick/full or still hungry afterward? Okay, so you get the picture. Sitting down in a relaxed setting, taking a couple of deep breaths, chewing and eating slowly all fall under the umbrella of mindful eating. Nourishing yourself in this way means you’re more likely to tune into and listen to your body’s hunger and fullness cues. Which in turn equals less overeating or even banishing feelings of depravity (AKA developing a more relaxed relationship with food).
GOOD OR BAD?
We humans like to label everything, right? Pizza, bad. Broccoli, good. Ice cream, bad. Watermelon, good. But maybe there’s more grey area than you think. Saying a food is bad implies that you should feel guilty for eating it in the first place. And the thoughts associated with guilt aren’t usually very nice. If you’re having mean thoughts toward yourself, your body just reads that as stress. Revving up the sympathetic nervous system mean slower digestion! Check out this blog for more info!
80/20 OR 90/10
Can you eat healthy/on your diet plan 80% of the time and indulge/treat yourself 20% of the time, and still get results? Now this isn’t an exact number because it differs for everyone. Play around with how often you can eat whatever you want and still feel good about your progress. If you’re unhappy with how things are going, try 90% and 10% to see if that makes a difference. Now, this doesn’t mean you have to be rigid or strict. Instead of striving for perfection, adjust the way you view food and your eating habits in a more positive way. Balance is key for an improved relationship with food, weight loss and a healthier lifestyle.
Creating a better relationship with food isn’t always easy and certainly doesn’t happen overnight. Just like anything else, it takes baby steps, failure and realigning old ways of thinking. So, be good to yourself, slow down when eating and know what you can and can’t get away with!
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