Have you ever thought about your relationship with food? Maybe that relationship needs to be redefined or maybe it’s time for a breakup after all these years. I hope this article makes it a little easier for you to decide, because as you know, breaking up is hard to do! So let’s give this some thought.
Are you an emotional eater who uses food to self-soothe? Do you have a love-hate relationship with food where you over indulge one minute then make up for it by punishing yourself with starvation the next? Are you a stress eater? Are you a binge eater? Will you eat anything just to end your hunger? Are you a “foodie” who sees food as an interest, identity, or hobby? Do you have a food addiction? Are you vegan? Do you only eat organic? Are you a chronic dieter? Do you follow eating rules? Do you wish you could just take a pill and be done with it all???
However you feel about food; how you identify with it or whatever stance or position you take on it, it is clear that relationships with food can be complex and varied. But they all have one thing in common – most of us adopt a relationship with food that we think will keep us relatively thin and healthy.
In my experience, I have found the number one cause of “dysfunctional food relationships” is body dissatisfaction. This can result from focusing too much on shallow perceptions and spending way too much time on food itself instead of simply viewing food as fuel the body needs. Don’t you agree that we all need to choose healthy food (more often than not) and then focus on productivity in other areas of health as well? Like exercise? Like stress relief?
There is no such thing as perfection or an easy answer when it comes to our diet. Some days our diet may be better than others and that’s okay! It’s important to maintain moderation and balance and not “beat ourselves up” over something we ate. Attaching emotions to food can result in eating disorders that can do serious health damage. It is a much better use of our time to be more active than it is to scrutinize everything that goes into our mouths. And truthfully, diet information can be just as perishable as the food we eat. So, we need to try to eat the best we can, as often as we can, in order to feel the best we can. Make sense? Fair and logical?
I believe we are overloaded with wellness information right now and that makes it hard to decide on the right thing to eat in the eyes of all the experts out there. I personally find information on nutrition, vitamins, and supplements sometimes confusing and conflicting and it can leave me questioning my own choices no matter how evidence-based they are.
So, bottom line: know your numbers such as your blood sugar and cholesterol by keeping up with screenings from your doctor, choose real food like colorful fruits and vegetables over packaged food, remember to “nourish first before the desserts,” practice portion control, exercise, exercise, exercise, and then devote some of that freed up energy you’ve been spending agonizing over flax seeds versus chia seeds doing something with the ones you love, like cooking a nutritious dinner together or taking a walk in the sunshine. 🙂
Wishing you the very best in health and happiness,
–> “Sorry, there’s no magic bullet. You gotta eat healthy and live healthy to be healthy and look healthy. End of story.” – Morgan Spurlock
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