Humans are the only creatures that look at food as more than a means of survival. We often develop personal relationships with the foods we eat and these relationships can carry an unhealthy price tag.
Do you eat chocolate when you’re down? Or have a glass of wine in order to unwind? These habits are linked to emotion eating; being depressed and stressed in these two cases. Learning how to eat in moderation is the key to a healthy and happy you.
A Healthy Relationship to Food:
- First of all, pay attention. The foods that we eat are meant to energize us and be enjoyed not make us lethargic or sick.
- Be honest. Ask yourself: Am I happy with my body? Do I feel healthy and vibrant? Am I eating foods that help my body and mind to thrive? If you answer no to any of these questions, reconsider what you’ve been eating and resolve to take baby steps by improving your meals with more healthy ingredients.
- Educate yourself about human nutrition. If you learn the proper foods to eat, you will feel empowered by your new resolve for a healthier lifestyle.
- Prepare grocery lists. Plan your menu in a healthy way – and then stick to that plan!
- Don’t diet. Instead, purposefully modify the way that you think and feel about food. Saying goodbye to your favorite indulgences because you’re on a diet will only backfire! Eating in moderation and allowing yourself a little treat every now and then is what will keep your healthy eating consistent and on track.
Consider the Emotional Aspects:
What factors often shape our relationships with food?
- Media – TV shows, magazines, billboards
What habits often form our negative relationships with food?
- Poor self-image
- Emotional eating (comfort eating)
- Eating Disorders (Anorexia/Bulimia)
- Life changing event (death of family member, trauma)
Once you begin to follow these tips, you’re well on your way to improving your health and your happiness!