9 tips to eat healthy that have nothing to do with food itself
When health issues arise, turning to your diet is crucial to changing your body talk from negative to positive. However, for most people, the idea of changing their diet seems daunting, tasteless, and time consuming.
A key component to health is having a healthy relationship with food. Healthy relationships don’t just apply to family, friends, and significant others. Having a healthy relationship with food gives you the power to take control of your health narrative. You won’t feel like food is in control of you. You won’t feel like you’re depriving yourself of all things tasty. Life becomes much easier when we have a healthy relationship with food.
Signs you have a healthy relationship with food:
- The food you eat empowers you and leaves you feeling good
- You love what you eat
- You eat food without experiencing food guilt
- Your body feels well nourished
- You don’t deprive yourself
- Your thankful for your food
- You use food as a tool for your mental and physical health
- You don’t feel restricted by the foods you eat
Signs you have an unhealthy relationship with food:
- Extreme cravings
- Feel deprived
- Food guilt
- You don’t like what you are eating
- Focusing on just calories
- Binge eating
- Constantly dieting
- Frequent weight fluctuations
- Emotional eating
- Eating out of boredom
Healthy Eating Tips
It’s all about balance
- You need to be fueling your body with the nutrients it needs for good health on a daily basis. This means eating nutrient-dense foods. However, it doesn’t mean that you can’t indulge. When you are feeding your body right, you can afford to treat yourself without derailing your health.
- Balance will allow your body to empower you through life and let you enjoy life’s guilty pleasures without the guilt!
Listen to your body talk
- When you listen to your body talk you get to know your body. When you know your body, you can pick up on ques it’s giving you. Your body will tell you when it’s hungry, when it’s full, when you ate something it doesn’t like, etc.
- Knowing your body also allows you to indulge without guilt. When you know what your body is capable of and how it reacts to foods, you can indulge in confidence without worrying about whether you will gain weight or inhibit your health.
- Listening to your body talk will inform you what you should be eating. Feeling low energy? Then eat some nutrient dense food. If you’re energized and out with your friends, then get some loaded fries and craft beer!
Ask yourself “Will this nourish my body so my body can empower me?”
- The majority of the food you eat should be a source of empowerment for you. It should fuel your body with what it needs. When you give your body what it needs to thrive your body thanks you with energy, vitality, mental clarity, and more.
Changing your mindset
- This is the most important thing you can do. Changing your mindset about how you view your body and food is a must. Your body is amazing. It has supported you throughout your entire life’s journey. It is an accumulation of everything that has happened in your life. Respecting your body and knowing you’re giving your body what it needs for optimal health by eating nutrient-dense foods will give you a new appreciation for the foods you eat and make them more enjoyable.
- How cool is it that mother nature has provided us with foods that have the nutrients we need for optimal health! This is amazing. We don’t need to know exactly what our bodies need because mother nature has figured it out for us.
- Be grateful you can nourish your body with food and use it as a tool to empower you.
- We don’t live life alone. As much as some of us may try. We rely on other people daily. Chances are the food you eat, you don’t grow yourself, the car you drive, you didn’t make, the phone you use was made by others as well.
- Surrounding yourself with others that are trying to accomplish the same goal and lean on them for support. Just talking about your struggles to someone else can give you clarity and the determination to keep moving in the right direction.
- Reaching out to a qualified practitioner can also be helpful and streamline your journey to food freedom.
Learn from what does and doesn’t work
- Ate everything in sight? That’s okay. It’s a part of the human experience. Reflect back on the situation without guilt. Ask yourself why? Maybe you went to long without eating and when you finally got to eat you were ravenous, eating all the food. This would indicate you need to carry snacks with you so you don’t get to hungry.
- Learn what eating habits/style works for you.
- It’s hard to have a healthy relationship with anyone or thing when we don’t have a healthy relationship with ourselves.
- Accept where you are with your relationship with food. Denying what you eat, your eating habits, and so on will only harm you long term. Be honest with yourself and focus on the positive changes you are making each day.
Ask yourself “Why do I want to eat this food?”
- Sometimes we eat out of boredom, stress, social festivities, etc. Identifying why we eat is helpful because it brings to light habits that you want to keep and ones you want to change. Recognizing and being mindful of your eating habits allows you to take control of your diet and relationship with food.
- When you ask yourself “Why do I want to eat this food?” and it is because your sad, it’s a lot easier to not eat it. You know that food won’t fix why you are sad, and it could possibly contribute to further health issues if you tend to binge eat when your sad which can create a vicious cycle. Focusing on the heart of the issue instead will help establish a healthy relationship with food and your mental health.
Food for thought
When you use food as your foundation to your health, you’re ensuring that you’re giving your body what it needs for optimal health. Your body is made of nutrients and uses nutrients to carry out its specific duties like keeping your heart beating and digesting the food you eat. This is why health eating is so important. But knowing this isn’t necessarily helpful when we have a bad relationship with food. Changing how you view food is the first step to wanting and enjoying healthy food.
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