Published on 26th July 2022
Certified NLP Trainer. Professional Coach and Corporate Trainer.
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.
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.
Building a good relationship with food is not an overnight deal. It takes practice. Patience and kindness to yourself is paramount.
Healthline listed 5 tips.
1. 𝐆𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟 𝐮𝐧𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐦𝐢𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐨 𝐞𝐚𝐭.
When you create rules around when you can and can’t eat, you’re setting yourself up for hunger, feelings of deprivation, and fear of food.
2. 𝐄𝐚𝐭 𝐨𝐧𝐥𝐲 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐡𝐮𝐧𝐠𝐫𝐲.
When you listen to your natural hunger cues, you will be able regulate your appetite and manage your food intake.
3. 𝐏𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐌𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐄𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠
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. 𝐖𝐞𝐥𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐟𝐨𝐨𝐝𝐬 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐝𝐢𝐞𝐭.
Labeling a food as “bad” gives it unnecessary power. When you can’t have something, the more you’ll crave and want it.
5. 𝐌𝐢𝐧𝐝 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐏𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐞.
Imagine, when you don’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!