Learning how to have a healthy relationship with food can be a tough one. If you are like most women I have talked to, you may have a complex relationship with food. Maybe that means you're restricting calories, feeling guilty after eating, excessively exercising and or binge eating. Addressing both your mind and body is so important and the key to taking control back over eating. Food doesn't control you.
In one of my episodes with the lovely ladies from The Luscious Living Podcast we chat all about body image. Each of us shares our own story of how we overcame our own issues around body image and want to share how we came to find balance with food and self love.
How to Have a Healthy Relationship with Food
Let go of expectations around yourself, food and body image. You are going to have good days and bad days and in no way will you always be perfect in your eating. Trust your body that it knows what to do with food. A good rule of thumb that I always follow is eating healthy 80% and allowing 20% for the maybe not so healthy food choices.
Sit down with your meals and practice being mindful. Put all your food on one plate and avoid picking. Avoid standing while you eat. Be conscious and aware at each meal. Do a quick scan before sitting down: Are you distracted? Are you truly hungry? Are you providing your body the nourishment that it needs? Recall what you have eaten earlier in the day. Does your next meal need to have more greens or some healthy fats in there?
Indulge in moderation. Try to avoid labelling foods as good or bad. Knowing that we can have foods whenever we want can help us let go of the impulse to reach for treats when we don't necessarily need them. Don't deprive yourself of your favourite foods. Again, follow the 80/20 rule.
Let go of the guilt. Make a commitment to yourself to let go of guilty feelings around food. If guilty feelings start to manifest, take a moment to acknowledge then and then put them away. The feelings and emotions around food can be worse for our bodies rather than the actual food itself.
Be kind to yourself. If you’re used to seeing yourself in the mirror and picking yourself apart and wishing to change certain parts of your body...stop. Take a moment to change those thoughts and appreciate what your body does for you. Say something nice to yourself instead.
Last but not least, listen to your body. It’s pretty amazing. It knows what it wants and what it needs so treat it with the love and respect it deserves
Hopefully these tips on how to change your relationship with food help you.
As always, I am here for you. If you have any questions or if you would like to chat more on this, please reach out.
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