Advice

Food is Your Friend

What are you afraid of? What makes you worry day in and day out?

Is it food? For a lot of people this is a reality. Do you wake up in the morning worried about what to have for breakfast? Does it have too many calories, should I be eating carbs, will I still be hungry?

I stressed about food for years, when I finished one meal I would be thinking about the next; partly because I was still hungry and partly because I wanted to make sure I would have a low calorie, low carb option. Being afraid of food might sound crazy to some but if you have been a dieter you will know what I am talking about.

Being in the middle of a diet makes it hard to see what food is really all about. Food gives us fuel to live, to jump and of course to power our yoga practice! In a world full of low-fat, low-carb, gluten free, carb free “food like products” it can be a challenge to realize that food is our friend.

In order to change our relationship with food we have to change our mindset. Food has to be seen as a positive thing or the fear will remain.

How to change your relationship with food:

Do not count calories. Ever. No. I’m serious. Counting calories is a sure fire way to make food a battle instead of something to enjoy. The lowest calorie option is not always the healthiest. Yes an avocado has a decent amount of calories but I promise it is healthier than a rice cake with cheese spread even though you think it may be better for your waistline.
Include foods you enjoy into your day. Healthy food and delicious food are not two different things, you can absolutely find these things together. Find some go-to recipes that satisfy your nutrition requirements and your tastebuds. I don’t meal prep but at the beginning of each week I find 3 – 4 healthy and exciting recipes I want to cook and I make sure that I have all the proper ingredients. This way I don’t get stuck in the habit of stopping for fast food, or worse, skipping meals.
Love your body. This is likely the most important step in any health journey, especially one where you want to mend your relationship with food. Hating food usually means hating your body. Our fear of food comes from what it does to us. Once you change your perspective on your body, your views on food quickly follow. Appreciate your body today by focusing on what it is doing for you, not what it looks like.

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Please know that food is your friend. You can’t live without it so you better learn to love it. Now go eat something you enjoy and relish in each bite.

PS – No guilt allowed.

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3 Comments

  1. Amanda

    Amanda

    March 10, 2016 at 9:09 am

    So true! So many of us are taught, even accidentally, to have really strange relationships with food. (That whole “clean your plate” thing? Still affecting me today.) My whole life changed when I stopped seeing fat as an enemy. Now, I even add coconut oil to my smoothies! I imagine that oil going in and lubricating everything and softening everything and keeping me running. I’ve never counted calories and never will–sounds exhausting! There are lots of ways to prepare healthy food that tastes great, and if we get honest with ourselves when we’re eating, we DO know how much and what kind to consume. I’m not saying I always get it right, but that’s my method. It’s a discipline, for sure, but so is counting calories. 🙂

  2. Kat F

    Kat F

    March 12, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    Jenna, thank you for your bravery in writing about this! You’ve inspired me to keep being body positive and loving food!

  3. Pála Margrét

    Pála Margrét

    March 8, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    I love this! The autumn of 2015 I spent reconnecting with food. I skipped all diets and stopped thinking so black and white about food. I had pizza and loved it. I ate so much ice cream. And yes, I gained weight, but who cares? Today I’ve found balance, where I know what kind of diet fits me, and I love my body for exactly what it is, a few extra pounds or not, I’m amazing (and you are too!). I will be eating for the rest of my life, so there is Jo point in hurrying to this journey. I know that one day I’ll be able to put together the environment to be on the “perfect” diet, that is the diet that works best for me, but until I have my own place I’m just not going to stress so much about it and just do my best and enjoy. And actually, I feel like my yoga practice affects my food choices so much, so the changes are coming slowly. Thank you for sharing this, and yes, I’m so happy you said the calorie thing. In that same autumn some guy asked me if I knew how many calories where in the chocolate I was eating and I simply answered “I don’t give a shit”, haha, calories have never and will never be my thing ?

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