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Improving Your Relationship With Food

Food fixation is becoming an increasing problem. More and more patients are coming to me with food anxiety and an unhealthy view of their body. So in light of that I have put together some healthy habits for you to think about:

  • Know the difference between a snack and a treat. These days’ treats are everyday foods when they should be occasional foods. Treats are nutritionally void and are there for pleasure. A snack is something with nutritional value that you eat because you are hungry between meals. It is not essential to snack, it is there if you are hungry.
  • Don’t eat to influence the scale. Being healthy is more important than knowing what you weigh. Eat foods that feel good to you, that nourish you, that give you energy and taste good, not what may or may not show up when you weigh yourself tomorrow.
  • Don’t be afraid of hunger! People who diet and restrict seem to have a fear around hunger. It’s okay!! You’re not going to die if you have to wait a couple of hours until dinner. Let yourself know what hungry actually feels like. Eating intuitively is key to healthy weight management.
  • Don’t keep problematic foods in the house. We all have foods that we just love and go crazy for! We all do don’t we? Mine used to be ice cream. So I stopped keeping in the house and when I felt like it, I would go out and get a single portion of it. Don’t make things harder on yourself than they need be. Know your weaknesses.
  • Stop eating when you are full. Enough said.
  • Eat when hungry and not to cover up an emotion. If you are grabbing food for any other reason than because you are hungry ask yourself why? If you are bored go find something to do! If you are sad address the sadness.
  • Lastly, those that do have a healthy food relationship tend to know the importance of breakfast. They find the time because it is important. It sets you up both physically and mentally.

Blog post courtesy of Elizabeth Pattalis.

Elizabeth is a registered clinical nutritionist, Personal Trainer and a Pilates instructor for YogaBar. Her mission is to make healthy living simple, realistic and achievable for all her clients. Visit her at www.elizabethpattalis.com

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