You might find it an unknown type of concept to hear people talk about their connection with food as a relationship. Most people don’t even think that they have a relationship with food. But they do. Just look in the dictionary, and you will see that the word ‘relationship’ means two or more people or things that are connected. Essentially, if you are feeding your body with healthy and tasty foods, what does your body do? It thanks you in return by supplying you energy, happiness, and balance. Just as you wouldn’t ask someone over to your place with whom you don’t get on with or who doesn’t make you feel good – so it is with food. Food needs to be beneficial and to enhance to your body because you are welcoming it into your body.

A few months ago, I remembered telling food that I hated it growing up. If you want to read that post, click HERE because it truly has changed from the 10th grader being on Weight Watchers at 115 lbs 🤦‍♀️  to the 15x Ironman Triathlete and being #fitaf.

Today, I came up with some tips to help you with your nutrition journey.

Tips to Have a Good Relationship with Food

1. Consider food as your source of energy and nutrition and not a way to relieve stress or anxiety or to comfort yourself after or fill an empty void
2. Don’t always look for the latest craze in diets. Instead, make a habit of eating regular meals. Trying to cut calories and not eating can easily trigger off overeating, making it even harder for you to recover.
3. Try and eat a good breakfast each day, too, because a good and healthy morning meal can curb your hunger the whole day. A protein breakfast is a top nutrient when it comes to weight loss. When you add more proteins to your eating plan, you are helping to curb your hunger pangs. Proteins also boost your metabolism.
4. For snacking, select healthy foods because then you get the nutrients. Healthy foods are veggies, fruit, and rich in protein foods like eggs and salmon, Greek yogurts, or chicken breast, for example.
5. Keep the foods that you crave so much out of sight, which means not stocking your pantry and fridge up with sugary and fatty foods. These types of food make it easy to start binging, and most people do their binging in private.
6. Get the support you need, making it smart to spend time with family and friends who also eat healthily. Don’t get into the habit of eating alone because that might mean binge eating again. Avoid the people who comment negatively about your weight and the way you eat.
7. Manage your stress healthily. It certainly is not an easy thing to simply say avoid stress, but you can practice healthy ways to relax.

People binge to feel less stressed. That’s in the short term. But in the long run, exercising and medication, getting involved, and busy with other activities or soothing friends can help with the urge to overeat. There are psychologists, psychiatrists, and therapist who are experts in eating disorders, as well as dietitians and nutritionists that are there to help you get on the right track. Therapy will be able to teach you as well as how to replace negative thoughts with more realistic and positive ones. Look for a support group, too, if you feel that is what you need.

AUTHOR: Jen Rulon

I am Jen Rulon, a Coach, Kona Finisher and a Public Speaker. I’ve been coaching triathletes for 18+ years and I received my Masters in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science. I train triathletes to reach their potential and coach triathlon coaches to successfully grow their businesses using my own proven methods. I currently work with women on finding their own voice and journey to finding their "Champion Status" in their own eyes! My knowledge has been featured in Triathlete Magazine, Runners World, on the TEDx Stage, the Health and Wellness Expo in San Antonio, TX, Men’s Journal Online, and the New York Times. I also practice what I preach — I’m a 15x Ironman Triathlete who participated in the World Championship in Kona, Hawaii on October 14, 2017.

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