Having battled for so many years in a toxic relationship with food. I thought I would share with you guys a few tips that have helped me find balance when it comes to nutrition and build a healthier relationship with food.
- Don’t Restrict = When you restrict food you start focusing on all the things that you can’t have and this can lead to binge eating. When you’ve binged you feel crappy and when you feel crappy you binge more and thus a vicious cycle is created. Instead of restricting, focus on ensuring that the majority of your meals are made up of nutrient dense foods while still allowing yourself to enjoy all your favourite things (in moderation of course 😉 ). Approaching nutrition in this way allows you to fill your body with mostly nutrient dense foods without feeling deprived.
- Don’t Label Foods = When you stop labelling food as being either “good” or “bad” you give yourself the freedom to just enjoy the foods that are good for your soul without feeling guilt.
- View it as a lifestyle change = The approach to nutrition you take (i.e. paleo, keto, vegan, vegetarian, etc) should be taken for the right reasons. You shouldn’t pick it solely to lose weight. Moreover, you should be able to see yourself doing it a year from now. Viewing things from this perspective will help you step away from the quick fix mentality and you will be more likely to make sustainable changes that will allow you to be consistent in the long-term.
- Address the underlying issues which trigger you to binge or avoid food = Addressing what triggers you and leads you to having a toxic relationship with food is crucial. Failing to address these issues will block you from making true progress and instead you’ll fall back into old unhealthy habits. For me there were a few issues which needed to be addressed most notable were the relationship I had with myself, building up my self-confidence and self-esteem and the second was to recognise when I was stressed and to find alternative ways of coping with it. Since addressing these issues I no longer go to food for comfort.
- Be patient = Changing old habits and creating new ones takes time. It is not going to be a smooth process, you will most likely make mistakes. Be patient and be kind to yourself and most importantly don’t give up. I’m not claiming to be perfect but these factors have helped me build a healthier relationship with food and I hope that they can do the same for you guys.
Hope you guys find these helpful
Love Jay xx