Build A Good Relationship With Food (Part 2)

Published on 26th July 2022

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In the previous article, we shared that when you have a good relationship with food, allow all types of food into your diet and do not label them as good or bad, they lose their power.  โœŠ๐Ÿปโšก๏ธ๐Ÿ’ญ

Through the process of 'counter regulation' and 'habituation', food loses their power over us and and we change our perception of how they used to define us. ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿฅค๐Ÿฐ

Building a good relationship with food is not an overnight deal. It takes practice. Patience and kindness to yourself is paramount. ๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ’ก๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

Healthline listed 5 tips. 

1. ๐†๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐Ÿ ๐ฎ๐ง๐œ๐จ๐ง๐๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐จ ๐ž๐š๐ญ.  

When you create rules around when you can and canโ€™t eat, youโ€™re setting yourself up for hunger, feelings of deprivation, and fear of food.

2. ๐„๐š๐ญ ๐จ๐ง๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐ก๐ฎ๐ง๐ ๐ซ๐ฒ. 

When you listen to your natural hunger cues, you will be able regulate your appetite and manage your food intake.

3. ๐๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐ž ๐Œ๐ข๐ง๐๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ ๐„๐š๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  

Take time to make gentle observations, such as the taste and texture of the food, how your hunger and fullness cues change, and your enjoyment of the food.

4. ๐–๐ž๐ฅ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐จ๐๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐จ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐๐ข๐ž๐ญ. 

Labeling a food as โ€œbadโ€ gives it unnecessary power. When you canโ€™t have something, the more youโ€™ll crave and want it.

5. ๐Œ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐๐ฅ๐š๐ญ๐ž.

Imagine, when you donโ€™t have to justify your food choices to yourself or anyone else. Instead of giving a reason for your food choices, allow yourself to eat food that you feel is best for you at that very moment. 

Developing a good relationship with food takes time, patience, and kindness toward yourself. Allow yourself to navigate this journey without judgment, and take it day by day!