Do you have an unhealthy relationship with food?

Most people could improve their relationship with food and that might mean improving their food choices, dealing with emotional eating, indulging less or to learn how to not feel guilty about food.

Here are 5 ways you can create a better relationship with food

1. Practice a positive attitude towards food

When people eat food they label ‘bad’ or ‘junk’, they can often feel bad about themselves and guilty about what they have eaten. This guilty feeling can make people eat more of that type of food, even when they don’t feel like it.  We should  look at food as being ‘everyday’ and ‘occasional’ food. This will help eliminate the negative feelings you have about eating food that is not ‘healthy’

2.Enjoy your Food and Eat Slowly

This one can take some practice. When we slow down our speed of eating and chew our food properly we often feel far more satisfied with less food. Try not to be distracted by TV, your computer , phone or reading while you eat, focus on the food you are eating, its texture, colour and each mouthful. This way you will really enjoy what you are eating.

3. Don’t let yourself get too hungry

It is so easy to get caught up in the busy-ness of life, that we can ignore our bodies signs that are telling us that we are getting more and more hungry.  If this happens, it is very hard to eat slowly, and we can easily eat more food than we really want, and we can end up feeling uncomfortably full and sometimes sick

4. Look after yourself

If we keep giving without looking after our own needs, we may become resentful, frustrated and depressed.  We all too often give so much  to our families, our friends, our work that we can neglect our own needs.  It is very important to nurture ourselves.  Find ways to reward yourself that doesn’t involve food treats!

5. dougnut-or-apples-cheatingDon’t confuse ‘thin’ with healthy

Being healthy comes in all shapes and sizes, and it is important to be the healthiest weight we can achieve and maintain. We need to look after ourselves and our bodies in the best way we can, by nourishing it from the inside out, our body will evolve in to a healthy happy body which in turn leads to a healthy happy mind.

Maree xx