23 Feb Make Peace with Food
Here’s a confession: Being healthy isn’t enough for me. I want to be healthy AND live a happy balanced life. I want a healthy relationship with food, and that’s something that I haven’t always had. There was a time when all I wanted was peace in my relationship with food.
Diets often lead restriction and deprivation. And deprivation is like a binge in the bank. If you’ve ever struggled with emotional eating, then you know exactly what I mean. So in this video I’m sharing three tips to help you make peace with food:
1.Eat what you enjoy. All foods can fit into a healthy diet when you use balance, variety, and moderation to guide your eating.
If you enjoy ice cream, then enjoy a scoop of the real thing once a week. It won’t blow your health or your waistline.
As soon as you begin restricting foods and giving diets the power to tell you if you’re “good” or “bad” then you’re setting yourself up for rebelling against those foods.
2. Love what you eat. Learn to dine instead of eat. Put out the nice plates, take time creating nice meals, and enjoy them over nice conversation.
Remember that ice cream? Let’s talk about actually enjoying it. Would you rather enjoy a small decadent dessert in a fancy restaurant made fresh by a famous chef? Or would you rather grab a tub of Ben and Jerry’s and scarf it down in front of your fridge? Which brings more enjoyment?
It’s not the size of the dessert, but the atmosphere.
3. Small, lifestyle improvements in your eating and exercise are going to be more effective than a drastic, restrictive overhaul.
How long can an excessive workout regimen last if it’s not in your normal lifestyle? Not long. If you haven’t exercised in five years, and all of a sudden decide that you’re going to run 5 miles a day, I can guaranty that plan won’t be in place for long.
Instead, start walking for 15 minutes a day and increase your time and pace as you go. You’ll find that you enjoy the exercise more and are more likely to stick with it for the long haul.
Bonus tip: Don’t expect yourself to eat perfectly — it’s not possible or even necessary.
Health is more than just a number on a scale. Whole health involves your mindset and body and your spirit. The sooner you make peace with food the sooner you will be able to enjoy your weight loss journey!
Start seeing your body in a different way.
The best way to start to see a results in your weight loss efforts is to realize that your body is ultimately a gift from God! When you begin to make healthy choices as a way to honor Him, instead of trying to meet an unrealistic expectation, you will find that your motivation lasts longer.
If you struggle with binge eating or emotional eating, can I recommend a free resource? I created a video series for breaking free from these destructive eating patterns, and you can access it instantly by clicking here.