How to develop a Healthy relationship with food

One of the greatest challenges we face when it comes to getting fit and losing weight is the way in which we interact with food. It is hard to strike a balance between enjoying food and being a slave to it. You want each meal you have to be something you feel like you have earned and you don’t want to feel like garbage after eating it. Developing a healthy relationship with food is not something that will happen over night, but it is essential if you want to stay healthy in both body and mind.

If you think you might have an unhealthy relationship with food, you might want to consider incorporating these habits into your daily routine.

Don’t Have Problematic Foods in the House

If you know that bread makes you bloated or chocolate makes you lethargic then do not buy it. It sounds easy but it can be hard to wander through the supermarket and make a conscious choice to avoid all problematic foods. But, if they aren’t in your house, you won’t eat them. Simple. Similarly if you know that once you open a packet of crisps or biscuits that you are going to eat the entire bag, don’t buy them in the first place. Remove the temptation of these foods so you don’t have to put your willpower to the test.

Make Unhealthy Foods a Treat

You do not need to eliminate every unhealthy food from your diet. That won’t make you happy and it isn’t even necessary. However, you should be limiting your intake of junk food. Instead of treating chocolate or sweets as the norm, let them become treats. Use them to motivate yourself to do things. For example, treat yourself to something naughty if you make all your deadlines or you go to the gym three times that week. Using junk food as a reward makes it all the more satisfying.

Eat When You’re Hungry and Stop When You’re Not Hungry

You don’t need to wait until you’re doubled over with hunger pangs, but try and wait until you are hungry before you eat. Just because it is 1pm and everyone in the office is eating lunch doesn’t mean you have to too. If you’re not hungry, don’t eat. When you do finally eat, stop when you’re no longer hungry. You don’t have to finish everything on your plate, nor do you have to keep going until you’re stuffed. Learning to use food simply to stave off hunger and not as an over-indulgence is an important step in the development of a healthy relationship.

Don’t Punish Yourself

How often do you hear people talking about feeling guilty after they eat certain things. This is no way to live. If you really want to eat something bad for you then do it and don’t let yourself feel bad afterwards. There is more to life than having a supermodel physique and for many people comfort food can make them happy. What doesn’t make you happy, however, is punishing yourself afterwards. If you feel like you have been over-indulgent, forgive yourself and then make up for it by hitting the gym a little longer than usual and eating something healthy for your next meal.