You and Food – A Love Story Worth Working On

February 14th, 2013 No Comments Tags: , ,

It’s Valentine’s Day and I got to thinking about love, hmmmm, food love, that is. Our relationship with food is more complex than you think. There’s more than a physical requirement to obtain nutrients. It goes much deeper than that. Food is tied to us socially and psychologically as well. I have been suggesting to allow all foods to fit in order to create a paradigm shift from “cannot” to “can” that will take the pressure off of your relationship with it. After that deep rooted preoccupations will begin to diminish.

Research shows that when goodies are hidden away from kids they will overindulge on them when found, setting them up with a bigger problem to solve if this scenario persists such as disordered eating. The same thing happens with adults too when food is forbidden. How counter intuitive is that? Very! Think about Eve and the apple.

That old approach of deeming some foods as “bad” creates a negative relationship with food. If it were a tale, for many it would read more like War and Peace rather than the Love Story. What we need to do is build a healthy relationship with our food. Take the pressure off. Unlike smoking that you don’t need, food is our body’s breath of life. You and food need to be good to each other. Stop the struggles, make up and be friends! Allow all foods to fit. Practice it, trust it, allow it, believe it, stick with it then see how your attitude shifts.

Nourishing our bodies should be something we consider sacred, not shameful. Eating food should bring joy, not unrest. What’s wrong with a little indulgence now and then? Eating is one of life’s simple pleasures. So, if you don’t already, learn to love your food more fully. Work on it. Cherish it. Honour it. Most of all, enjoy it. On this Valentine’s Day work on creating a deeper Love Story with your food and make peace with it.

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