Healthy Living

How To Have A Healthy Relationship With Food

With each year that passes by, there always seems to be a new diet or food trend that takes over, all boasting numerous health benefits, and all aimed to make us get the most out of nutrition. That’s not to even mention all the supposed diseases and conditions they can help prevent. Yet, with each diet that comes, one thing is constant: restrictive eating, which according to new studies, actually has an adverse impact on our mental health.

Of course, that’s not to say that strategic dietary restrictions don’t come with benefits. However, it’s when it becomes excessive due to the obsession of losing weight that it becomes unhealthy, formulating bad eating habits and even anxiety around food. So where do the lines start getting crossed? What to do about them? Here are some tips you can follow:

  1. Commit to eating real food – If  you’re eager to escape the dieting cycle then here’s a simple solution: eat a diet of whole foods. That should be on a day-to-day basis, and should be consistently followed. That being said, don’t be afraid to indulge once in a while, like on an ice cream bowl, or maybe some chocolate.  Whole foods should include vegetables, animal proteins, nuts and seeds, whole fruits and healthy fats.
  2. Stop focusing on your weight – Instead, check mentally: Do I feel good physically? Mentally? Emotionally? Did I do a good workout? Shift the mentality from just body weight to whole-body well-being. You’ll thank yourself down the line.
  3. Be careful with fitness tracking technology – While it’s helpful for others, having a perfectionist mindset can easily negate its pros, and lead to bad eating behaviors. In some cases, it can even worsen your mental health and dampen your motivation.
  4. Let go of the diet mentality – Failure to lose weight is not a personal failing, and you need to understand that. Instead, adopt a more flexible approach that can still feel rewarding.
  5. Be kind to yourself – If you’re constantly eating healthy and exercising, then you’re already doing very great, and so there’s no use in doing negative self-talk. Rather, try to look at things in a different perspective, and understand this journey you’re taking will help you become a better person in all aspects of your life.

food-1209503_960_720 Fruits and vegetables are a good source of carbohydrates. Photo by Pixabay (CC0)

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