An improper diet is one of the leading causes of imbalances, deficiencies, and many other harmful conditions. Without proper nutrition, a body is unlikely to function at optimal levels. Whether it is compulsive dieting or binge eating, bad food habits are often an indicator of a negative relationship with food. If this problem is not addressed, you are unlikely to create healthier and more sustainable long-term changes.
Food is an essential part of human survival, and as such, should be approached with great care and appreciation. Having a positive relationship with food can improve your health and greatly improve your enjoyment of it.
Here are some tips and tricks to help you develop a healthier relationship with food:
1. Stop punishing yourself
While it is important to take stock of your bad eating habits, punishing yourself for them will not do you any good. After all, we live in a society that constantly exposes you to unhealthy food or unhealthy body standards. Either of these can result in overeating or undereating. Your habits were not formed in a vacuum, so forgive yourself for the past and move forward to a better future.
2. Be thankful and enjoy your food
Having easy access to food is a privilege that many take for granted. Whenever you sit down at your table to have a good meal, be thankful, and enjoy it. Turn the thoughts that tell you, “I shouldn’t be eating this” into “I am lucky to be enjoying this,” instead.
3. Control your cyclical inpulses
It is perfectly fine to help yourself to that donut every once in a while, but do not let the taste of one donut turn into a craving for a whole box. The thinking that you should make the most of your mistake (ie. “I already ate one, I should eat more!”) is a dangerous mindset that can lead to a lot of binge eating.
4. Make a list of positive affirmations
It is easy to get swept up in negative thoughts that can lead us into our old habits. Unaddressed, these thoughts can grow loud and powerful, but one of the best ways to combat these negative ideas is to speak positive affirmations out loud. Speaking these affirmations to yourself aloud can trick your mind into believing them, especially if you say them regularly.
Here are some of the things you can say:
- This food is good for me.
- My body will use this food to help me.
- This food will nourish my body and soul.
5. Love your body
Whatever state your body is in, make sure to love it. Every person’s body is unique, and though there are many harmful body standards out there, the only standard you need to meet is yours. Love and accept it as it is, flaws and all. Only when you have forgiven yourself for your past mistakes and your body for its flaws can you move forward into a healthier life.
At the end of the day, eating healthy and developing better habits for your body is an act of loving it.
You have just one body, and it needs quite a bit of food to function properly. As such, it is important to have a healthy relationship with food in order to take better care of yourself. Keep the tips mentioned above to help you look at food in a more positive light. They’re not the only methods, but they’re a good start and surprisingly effective.