Do You Have a Healthy Relationship with Food? You Will After Reading This!
There is a thin line between love and hate. And when that line is all that is standing between you and a chocolate fudge brownie, it’s almost invisible. In order to thrive, let’s end the self-punishment and give food, and ourselves, a second chance.
There is a thin line between love and hate. And when that line is all that is standing between you and a chocolate fudge brownie, it’s almost invisible.
Our relationship with food has officially been put into the dreaded “It’s Complicated” category. You’d love to eat that brownie, but then you’d hate the guilt that comes with it. Most people, women especially, can admit to feeling guilty about eating something on the “naughty list” or over-cheating on cheat day. And sadly, this has become the norm.
This is simply torture and must be stopped!
In order to thrive, let’s end the self-punishment and give food, and ourselves, a second chance. These steps are designed to get you back on track to loving yourself and your food:
Stop the Punishment and Guilt
Whether it is the media driving your idea of “the right way to diet” or just the pressure to lose a dress-size or two, all this negativity surrounding food does not do the body good. When you feel guilt, or punish yourself in some way for stepping out of your “diet,” you are also creating unnecessary and unwanted stress. This stress can, in turn, affect your physical and mental health and cause many other problems.
Set Realistic Goals and Meal Plans
“Meal Plan” is a very important keyword here. You’re not on a diet, you are creating your diet to live by. Don’t set yourself up to fail by adopting whatever fad diet is trending on Twitter. Listen to your body and customize a plan that gets you excited rather than fills you with dread and resistance right off the bat. Set goals (in food or fitness) that gradually build so you can climb the mountain slowly and hit every mark along the way.
Break up with The “Naughty” List
Letting go of the old will open space in your mind and your life for something new. This is true across the board and that includes food. Break up with the food that is your greatest love/hate and find a healthy alternative. Accept the “new normal” of the tasty healthy alternative and pretty soon you won’t even notice the difference. Make the conscious choice to let go. You have the power - believe it!
Eat Mindfully and with Gratitude
When you have a delicious meal in front of you, take time to give thanks before you eat it. Just 30-seconds is all it takes to acknowledge the journey the food took to reach your plate and how it is going to nourish your body. Food is meant to be loved...why else would it taste so good?
In order to move past difficulties from the past in any relationship, both parties must be forgiven for any wrong doings. It serves no one to hold a grudge. Forgive yourself for your erratic eating habits, for those late-night fast food runs, the birthday cake seconds and thirds, and especially the guilt. This will create a clean slate to move forward in a positive direction. You can’t have a successful second chance if the new relationship is built on the rubble of the past. Practice self-love because you’re only human.
It takes a lot of energy and willpower to change but if you have patience and endurance, then you will surely succeed.
Every relationship takes work and dedication and your relationship with food is no different.