Breaking Up Is Hard To Do-Changing Your Relationship with Food
You spend A LOT of time and emotional energy on your relationship with food. Many of you struggle with what to eat, when to eat and how much to eat. It can end up being all you think about during the day. It feels like you are constantly battling with this unhealthy relationship (otherwise known as emotional eating). Well, it is time for you to kick this problem to the curb – once and for all!
Here are some ways that can help you change your relationship food:
- Eat Mindfully. I know that this is one that you hear about a lot, but many don’t even really know what it means much less actually do it. So here you go……Mindful eating means: To eat with the intention of caring for yourself and with the attention necessary for noticing and enjoying your food and its effects on your body.
This is a crucial step in changing our relationship with food, and is the most important one to get right.
Eating mindfully does a couple of things. It allows you to cue into your body to know the difference between when you are truly hungry and when you are in emotional eating mode. It becomes more about nourishing your body and less about filling an emotional need. If you eat slowly and really pay attention, it also allows you to actually enjoy the experience of eating; making it more satisfying. You can tune into the flavors and the textures of the food and really get into the satisfaction of tasting and chewing the food. This gives you the opportunity to feel more in control of your diet and your body.
- Identify your patterns of emotional eating. Ask yourself….What are my triggers and how do I handle them? What do I crave? Once you realize what your patterns and triggers are, it’s much easier to change your response to them. Decide now what you will do when your trigger arises that will keep you from reaching for those chips. Some good examples are: going for a walk, meditating or calling a friend.
- Eat Breakfast. Here at GOLO, we know the importance of eating a healthy well-balanced breakfast. It gives you more energy and helps you to feel healthier, both physically and emotionally throughout the day. Instead of using food to mask our emotions, we start to use food as a way of creating really positive experiences throughout our day by choosing to feel good and energized.
- Don’t keep problematic foods in the house. Once you know the triggers that cause you to eat emotionally, you can take steps to redirect yourself. One way to help with this is to keep only healthy choices around the house. If you have tempting foods it can be harder to make the right choice.
- Be easy about your food. Don’t let your concerns for food, interfere with your life. Aim to stay in balance with eating. Having too many rules and restrictions around food can make eating stressful and isolating. If you are avoiding life because of your rules around food, then you are being too rigid. It’s important to have healthy guidelines, but being too restrictive can be a sign of an emotional issue with food.
Again, breaking up is hard to do! Your relationship with food started a long time ago and it may take some time to change. Remember to be gentle with yourself and be proud that you are taking the steps to make real and lasting changes in your life.