You might find it an unknown 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 connected people or things. Essentially, what does your body do if you are feeding your body with healthy and tasty foods? It thanks you for supplying you with energy, happiness, and balance. Just as you wouldn’t ask someone over to your place with whom you don’t get on or who doesn’t make you feel good, it is with food. Food needs to be beneficial and enhanced to your body because you are welcoming it into your body.
A few months ago, I remembered telling food that I was not too fond of it growing up. So 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
Food is Your Source
Consider food as your source of energy and nutrition and not as a way to relieve stress or anxiety or to comfort yourself after or fill an empty void.
Avoid Crazy Diets
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.
Eat Breakfast Like a King
Try and eat a good breakfast each day 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.
Yes, You Can Snack
For snacking, select healthy foods because you get the nutrients. Healthy foods are veggies and fruit and are rich in protein foods like eggs and salmon, Greek yogurts, or chicken breast.
Don’t Buy Foods That You Crave
Keep the foods you crave so much out of sight, which means not stocking your pantry and fridge with sugary and fatty foods. These types of food make it easy to start binging, and most people do their binging in private.
Get the support you need, making it wise to spend time with family and friends who also eat healthily. Don’t get into eating alone because that might mean binge eating again. Avoid the people who comment negatively about your weight and how you eat.
Manage Your Stress
Manage your stress healthily. It certainly is not an easy thing to say to 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 being busy with other activities or soothing friends can help with the urge to overeat. There are psychologists, psychiatrists, and therapists who are experts in eating disorders and dietitians and nutritionists that are there to help you get on the right track. Therapy will be able to teach you how to replace negative thoughts with more realistic and positive ones. Look for a support group if you feel that is what you need.
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