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.
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.