6 Tips to Develop a Healthier Relationship with Food
In today’s world, developing a healthy relationship with food isn’t easy.
From the daily distractions such as watching TV or updating our social media feeds, to the unattainable body pressures placed on us by society, our families, fashion magazines, etc.; maintaining and nurturing a healthy relationship with food I find is quite difficult.
Here are a few tips that have helped me restore a more authentic connection with food. Here, we are focusing more on the mindfulness aspect of dealing with your meals, but I will be posting another article with tips on eating right, eating healthy without feeling any deprivation.
I want to help you feel good in your body, proud, no matter the size of your jeans, or dress. I also want to encourage you to stop comparing yourself to others, and listen to yourself.
- Avoid eating in front of the TV. I know it is hard to give it up if you have grown accustomed to doing so, but trust me when I say you really don’t and cannot enjoy your food, not really, when you are focusing on the television. The flavors, the textures, the enjoyment are stripped away, and you tend to consume more calories.
- Avoid touching your phone/checking emails/social media. This advice can be grouped in with the previous suggestion. Same principle, if you are focusing on your phone, you are not really cherishing the meal that is before you. Put that phone away, it isn’t going anywhere.
- Avoid eating when you’re bored. Lord knows I have done this one too many times. I’m bored so I start munching right and left. Once again eating like this is void of any satisfaction and enjoyment. So when you reach for that refrigerator door or that second serving ask yourself ‘am I really hungry right now?’ and ‘why am I eating?’ Sometimes disorderly eating can also be motivated by suppressed emotions, or stress, so be sure to look out for that.
- Cook. I understand that with the hectic hustle bustle of everyday life cooking is probably the last thing you want to do when you get home. You think of the preparation time, the cooking time, and the worst of part of it all… the cleaning! I empathize, I really do. BUT, if it only asks for half an hour of your time isn’t it worth it? A mere thirty minutes that will get you well on your way to a more enjoyable relationship with food and that will probably help your waist line too. If I may say, it has been so worth it for me. It has actually changed my life. And I am not exaggerating. Cooking has made me happier, has brought out my creative side, has improved my sleep quality, and has helped me get rid of some of those extra pounds that were lying around. All of the recipes I suggest and offer usually take no more than 30 minutes and require minimal tools, so the clean up part is so easy. You’re already done with your cleaning even before your delicious meal is ready. What a great feeling.
- Be grateful. When you are sitting, with your meal in front of you, take a moment to be thankful. Thankful for the nutritious meal you are about to consume, food that you hopefully prepared yourself and are proud of. Be grateful that you are able to go to the supermarket or farmer’s market and buy nutritious ingredients, that you have a roof over your head, where you are warm, safe, and able to savor a healthy meal; not everyone is able to do so, we need to remember that.
- Eat slowly. The previously mentioned moment of gratitude can help you with this recommendation to eat more slowly. Take your time to enjoy your meal, don’t let anyone rush you. Your work, your emails and your to-do list will still be alive and kicking once you’re done with your breakfast, lunch or dinner. It is important to take that moment for yourself, to take care of yourself, and to take a break. It can even help increase your efficiency, your motivation and moral, because you’ll feel truly refueled after you’ve taken that short little tiny moment for yourself, to indulge in yourself and your food.
I know it isn’t always possible, I am realistic, but I am advising you try to do so as often as possible.
If you are looking for an easy and quick read with great advice, check out Michael Pollan’s ‘Food Rules.’ You can read it in an hour, a tiny book filled with quality support, and it will further reinforce the points I have mentioned above.
Would love your feedback on this first article, and please do not hesitate to contact me with any concerns or questions. Xoxo