5 Habits of People with a Healthy Relationship to Food
Food can bring a lot of different emotions for people. And when you have struggled with emotional eating, binge eating, or any other type of eating disorder, building a healthy relationship to food can be a difficult task. There definitely is a fine line to paying attention to what healthy foods you fuel your body with and obsessing over it. If you find yourself in this position, I recommend trying to look at these 5 habits of people with healthy relationships to food.
- Don't keep unhealthy options in the house. Individuals with a healthy relationship to food understand that having temptation in the house is just not worth it. So take a look in your pantry and see what foods you have a hard time resisting and throw them out.
- Don't diet. The term "diet" is so negative. People with healthy relationships to food understand that they cannot "diet", they focus on a healthy lifestyle. I teach my clients in my fat loss bootcamps just this. We focus on creating a healthy lifestyle which allows for treats so you do not feel deprived.
- Practice intermittent fasting. Intermittent Fasting can be a scary thing for a beginner however once you give it a shot you will be amazed at how much control you feel you have over your food. You are not eating mindlessly anymore but rather you are eating with purpose to fuel your body. My favorite IF schedule is the 16/8 protocol! For more information on that, check out my blog here.
- Everything in moderation. People with healthy relationships to food also understand that everything is ok in moderation. When you start telling yourself you "CAN'T" have something, of course our human nature is to want it. But if you know that you can have whatever you want in moderation, it is so much easier to make healthy choices. Treats are ok here and there but my biggest advice is to plan it out strategically as I do in my bootcamps.
- Don't "make up" for a poor choice. One of the biggest things I see as a personal trainer, is women who make a poor choice one day and then the next day they are trying to kill themselves in the gym. This is a very unhealthy way to live your life. If you mess up, it's ok - you are human. You do not have to "make up" for that. What I do recommend is just getting back to healthy choices and workouts as well as upping your water intake. Don't make those poor choices a habit.
I encourage those of you who struggle with a healthy food relationship to take these things in account and evaluate where you are. If you are looking for accountability, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me here. I would love to offer a free 15 minute fitness consultation.