Is Food A Friend Or Foe?
We live in a society based on food. It is the center of social events. It is one of the most important parts of family gatherings and holidays. Food is on our mind 24/7. But when does your relationship with food become an unhealthy one? How do you know if you have an unhealthy relationship with food? When your relationship with food is out of balance, it can lead to unwanted or extreme weight gain and weight loss, as well as, an obsession that can consume all of your thoughts. Do you have an unhealthy relationship with food? To determine this, you can start by answering two main questions.
1. Do You Eat To Live Or Live To Eat?
The first question to ask yourself is, do you eat to live or live to eat? If you’re not quite sure, then ask yourself, do you spend most of your time looking forward to the next meal that you have planned? There is a huge difference between the two. If you eat to live, then you use food as a necessary tool to keep you alive. If you live to eat, then food is the main thing that is driving your life and that can be an indicator of an unhealthy relationship with food.
2. Do You View Food As Mainly Fun Or Mainly Fuel?
The second question to ask yourself is, do you view food as mainly fun or mainly fuel? A healthy relationship with food can include both of these aspects but must have an emphasis on food as fuel. If food is only something that you consume for fun, then it is likely that the cravings of what you consider to be “fun foods” are controlling your decisions. Remember, balance is the key to a healthy relationship between the two! Food can be fun, but must first be thought of as fuel.
So You Have A Unhealthy Relationship With Food?
If you have an unhealthy relationship with food, the first thing that you need to do is identify the underlying cause of it and when it started. Awareness is a large part of overcoming the battle. Once you identify the cause, you can work to build mental and physical habits that will help you change the way that you view and consume food. For help overcoming your unhealthy relationship with food, talk to an Access Change trainer today!