What does a healthy relationship with food look like?
This is a complicated question and it’s something I’ve spent a lot of time contemplating. We all have such different perceptions of what is healthy and how we should eat.
Here are a few tips on how to decide what a “Healthy” relationship with food looks like for you.
Your Body Feels Good
My husband has a lot of stomach issues, so the foods he feels healthy eating are sometimes different from the foods that energize and satisfy me.
We eat foods that we both can feel healthy eating and both have a good balance. Sometimes you have to really consider how your eating choices are impacting your energy and strength. Sometimes this includes a lot of trial and error.
You Honor Both Hunger and Fullness
The skill of tuning into your body and knowing when and how much to eat is emotionally and physically important. Learn the signs your body gives you when you’re hungry and full.
For example, when I’m hungry I begin to slow down, crave food and my mind gets a little foggy. Then when I’m satisfied, my food doesn’t taste as good anymore and I don’t feel the need to eat anymore.
You Eat and Then You Move On
Obsessing over the food I ate has been a regular habit for most of my life. Until I learned to practice managing my mind and using thought work. I would be able to tell you everything I ate and when I ate it for the past week. Then I’d binge and I’d spend days feeling guilty and punishing myself.
Now I can eat and then move on with my day. I still plan and remember my meals, but it doesn’t determine my mood for the rest of the day.
You’ve Found Your Groove
I’ve heard judgement from the body positivity community about anyone who wants to be healthier and I’ve definitely heard the other way around.
A healthy relationship with food requires that you let go of all this chatter and eat in the way that is best for you. Only you know what you need, I’m just here to give you the tools to help you discover what you want your relationship with food to look like.
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