Struggling with an eating disorder or living a life of unhealthy food habits can create a cycle of discouragement. Those who have experienced unhealthy nutritional habits know this well.
The truth is it’s through creating healthy relationships with food, understanding what your body needs, and eating patterns that support wholesome consumption that create long lasting lifestyle habits.
With the new year upon us, give yourself permission to release negative feelings associated with food and weight and commit to a new, healthy relationship with food.
Tips to Form Healthy Relationships with Food
Mindful eating means eating when you physically feel hungry and enjoying each bite of it for the nutrients that support your daily activities. Be mindful when you crave foods. Is it because you are actually hungry, or is it a reaction to another feeling like anxiety or sadness?
Eat to nourish your body
Eat to feel good and nourish your body with all the food groups it needs. Don’t eat to lose weight and don’t eat to fill a void like boredom or loneliness. If you find yourself doing this often, find another activity to fill that void with – drink water, go for a walk, or get lost in a novel.
Find balance with moderation
Avoid telling yourself you can’t have something and instead focus on eating what you want in moderation. Don’t restrict yourself of something, for that will only make you want it more and puts you at risk of binge eating. Moderation allows you healthy amounts of each food group so that you are not deprived or over indulging.
Forgive your food mistakes
How many times have you had something unhealthy for lunch and gave up on the rest of your day? The all-or-nothing mentality is detrimental to a healthy relationship with food. No one is perfect and no one is expecting you to get it exactly right every time. Forgive yourself for having a less than perfect meal and return to your regular nutritional plan right after.
Trust your food habits
Don’t rely on others to keep junk out your vision or moderate the amount or kinds of foods you consume. Work on creating your own healthy boundaries with food so you can trust yourself to make smart choices whether there is a box of cookies around you or not.
Focus on health, not weight
When you’re fueling your body with the right amount and type of intake your body will find its naturally healthy weight. Don’t eat – or force yourself not to eat – because your goal is to move the scale. Prioritize your health and eat for wellness, not for weight loss.
Stop living your life by the number on the scale and steer clear of unhealthy eating habits with these bits of advice. You will feel empowered with the flexibility to create the plan that’s best for you. After all, you only get one life and one body, so you must take care of it.
If you are struggling with an unhealthy relationship with food and would like support, please contact us. We specialize in eating disorder treatments of all kinds and want to help you heal and recover.