Do you want to be with someone who only brings negativity to your life? Someone who doesn’t care for you, or want the best for you? I doubt your answer is yes. What about being in a relationship with someone who supports you and helps you grow? Someone who shines a positive light to your life? Now that sounds more like it.
Think of your relationship with food like a relationship with your significant other. You want to be eating in the right way to make yourself feel and look better, just how you’d want to be with someone who brings the best out of you. Eating healthy foods can help boost your mental and physical performance rather than hinder it. When I say performance I don’t mean exercise performance only. Things like focus, concentration, mood, decision-making and problem solving abilities can all be enhanced through proper nutrition.
Another point to think of is knowing where your food came from. Just like in a relationship, you want to know whom the person you’re getting into a relationship with. You’re not going to date or marry a random! It’s exactly the same principal with food. If you go grocery shopping, or just before you pick out what to eat, know more of the food you’re about to eat. Where does it come from? How was it made? Is it grown? Is it processed or unprocessed? By doing this, not only will you strengthen your relationship with food but you’ll find yourself having better eating habits.
Improving your relationship with food doesn’t stop there. Here are other ways to improve your relationship with food:
1. Focus on eating better. Don’t strive for perfect eating. Focus on how you can improve your eating habits and behavior and food choices.
2. Don’t put yourself down. If you’ve had one too many cheat meals or snacked on unhealthy foods, don’t beat yourself up! Slip ups happen. The key is to learn from your mistakes, understand why you messed up with your food, and then pick yourself back up. It’s about bouncing back, not going backwards.
3. Have balance. Some people have the mentality to either go all in and be extremely healthy, and others go through phases of going all out and binge eating. There is no need to go through extreme behaviours. By eating in a balanced way, you’ll improve your relationship with food.
4. Food as nutrients. When you think of food as nutrients, and understand foods as functions, it will allow you to make better food choices. Knowing the benefits healthy foods can have on the mind and body will allow you to continue eating in a healthy manner.
5. Enjoy your food. Eat foods you enjoy, this is the best way to keep things exciting for you.
6. Be social. Being healthy doesn’t mean locking yourself in your room to avoid eating out or ordering in with family and friends. Eating is a social activity and by enjoying these moments you can also improve your relationship with food.
With all this being said, having a better relationship with food is the starting point to eating healthy. When you view food as something that will nourish your mind and body, as fuel to perform the best you can be, and as a means to feeling good, you’ll change not only the way you eat, but what you eat.