There’s a fine line between thinking carefully about what we put into our bodies and obsessing over it or restricting it dangerously. Think about food as a source of nutrition and energy instead of something to relieve stress or to be avoided. It may seem hard at first, but you can change the way you feel as you improve your eating habits.
Having a healthy relationship with food is important to stress prevention and control. Spending a lot of time thinking about diets, weight and body image can be very stressful. This may contribute to the fact that overweight and obesity are more common in multicultural or minority populations. Furthermore, when we’re under stress, we are more likely to make poor food choices. Unfortunately, these food choices can create more stress in the long run, as well as other problems. Following are a few examples of poor eating choices:
- Eating Fast foods often
- Eating Foods high in fat, sugar and salt
- Snacking without thinking
- Skipping Meals
- Drinking Too Much Coffee
- Not drinking enough water
- Drinking too much alcohol
Build a positive and healthy relationship with food by:
- Being grateful for your food. Think about how the food came to be on your plate and how it will nourish your body. It is a gift!
- Being mindful of how you eat. Use your senses, look at your food, smell it, chew it slowly to savor the taste.
- Enjoying your food – do not cloud your eating experience with negative thoughts like, “I should not be eating this” or “I’m a failure that I couldn’t control what I ate.” Your body will manifest those thoughts into bodily stress! Hello, cortisol!!! Goodbye to optimal digestion! Please, be at peace with your plate.
- Not punishing yourself for what you ate yesterday, today is a knew day to make better food choices.
Trendy ways of eating are tirelessly revised and rewritten, and we are constantly fed information about the best of what to eat and when. We are forced into eating when we’re not hungry, or not eating when we are hungry; mindlessly consuming food that doesn’t taste good and enjoying less of what delights us. It’s no wonder that more and more of us are throwing in the towel and raising a white flag in the fight with food.
Make peace with your food, as all relationships take work. Including the ones you have with food. By committing to healing your relationship with food, you are committing to healing your relationship with your body. You are devoting yourself to the pursuit of your highest, wisest self, acknowledging that the body is infinitely more wise than the mind. Your body knows exactly what it needs and when, and all you have to do is just take the time listen to your body. By getting quiet and tuning in, you can begin to trust what your body is telling you because with trust comes ease.and less stress.