These 3 Principals Could Change Your Relationship With Food

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Ever since I can remember, I have struggled with my relationship with food. Unfortunately, it took me until I had hit rock bottom with both my physical and mental health for me to finally accept that my relationship with food was unhealthy. While I had a high-stress career and was involved in a high-conflict situation in my personal life, I had been emotionally eating and using food as an unhealthy coping mechanism for as long as I can remember.  

Luckily, I went through a transformative self-love journey, and as my relationship with myself improved, so did my relationship with food.  

However, as I was talking to one of my clients the other day, she shared with me the three principles that she uses that has changed her relationship with food, and we thought it would be good to share with you as well. 

Three Principles To Change Your Relationship With Food 

1. Your food should be nourishing

If a food doesn’t contain a lot of nourishment, you can eat a lot of it but it won’t leave you satisfied. For example, eating an entire bag of chips isn’t nourishing, and it won’t keep you full for the day. However, eating a bag of chips with buffalo chicken dip or spinach and artichoke dip will make it more nourishing.  

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2. Your food should be enjoyable

You can force yourself to eat a salad every night for dinner if you want, but you will still find yourself thinking about food later on in the night, or worse, scoping out the fridge or pantry for something that will satisfy your food cravings. A better option would be to pick a food you enjoy eating, and have a salad on the side to make it more nourishing.  

3. Your food should be filling

You have to eat enough volume of food in a day in order to remain full and satisfied. If you try to eat hardly any food, you will likely find yourself starving, and then binging later on. You need to eat enough food to be full. 

Choosing foods that are only one or two of these points often ends up making things worse. You will end up restricting yourself so much that you can’t maintain any healthy choices for long, or you will end up starving yourself so much that you end up binging and eating more food than you would have if you would have just allowed yourself to enjoy a craving. 

If you can make meal choices that are a balance of all three points, that is when you hit your sweet spot, and that can change your entire relationship with food. 

Final Thoughts… 

Trying to lose weight, become healthier, or improve your relationship with food can seem like such a struggle at times. However, it doesn’t have to be as complicated as it seems. Adopting the three principles above can help, without seeming too restricting and overwhelming. Give it a try and let me know what you think. 

Take care of yourself. 

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