How mindful are you are about your eating habits in relation to your emotions?
We might eat when we’re happy, sad, celebrating, commiserating, angry, bored…
Many of our habits stem from our childhood.
A common one is rewarding ourselves with food. As a child you may have been “bribed” with the promise of desert if you ate all your vegetables. Or rewarded with ice-cream when you did well on a test.
Another one is using food to make ourselves feel better. Again, as a child you may have been given a sweet after a fall to make you feel better. Or a sweet treat after a falling out with a friend.
And so we grow up associating food with rewards or for altering our moods…
Whatever our eating trigger(s), we need to become more mindful of these triggers and the “go to” foods we turn to for comfort…
Food should nourish our body, not our emotions. We need to find non-food related solutions. These could include:
- Off loading on a friend or family member
- Listening to happy music
- Physical activity (dancing, walking, gym etc,)
- Creative activities (gardening, art, baking/cooking)
- Retail therapy
- Beauty therapy
“FOOD IS FUEL, NOT THERAPY”
Need to improve your relationship with food? Feel free to email me
Yours in good health
Fiona/ Into Nutrition