Two Factors You Need to Be Truly Healthy

A healthy diet consists of two components, and one is often forgotten about.

Yes, eating lots of kale, quinoa, grass-fed beef, chia seeds and other hippy foods are imperative to a healthy diet. But, all these nourishing foods are just one small piece to a complex puzzle. 

What's missing is a healthy relationship with food. You can eat all the kale salads you want, but if you're terrified of doughnuts, binge eat when everyone is asleep or restrict fats, you'll never get to be your healthiest self. (Even those who eat a healthy diet may suffer from an eating disorder called orthorexia nervosa. It's an unhealthy obsession with eating "healthy" foods.)

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Often times, our relationship with food is damaged from the beginning from constant dieting. Bouncing from one diet to next greatly damages how we see food. It no longer becomes about fuel--it becomes something we need to control.

A healthy relationship with food is imperative to overall happiness. When we have food freedom we're able to enjoy all that we eat, our bodies can lose weight naturally, we finally break up with our diets, and food no longer becomes an obsession. 

What are some of the warning signs you have a poor relationship with food?
  • The idea of eating outside of your own home causes you anxiety
  • Counting calories and macronutrients obsessively 
  • Food has become an emotional crutch
  • Pushing food onto others instead of eating it yourself
  • Eating past enjoyment
  • Restricting foods at mealtimes despite being hungry
  • Ignoring your body's signals and cravings to eat
  • Obsessively measuring out foods
  • Expecting perfectionism and feeling guilty when you " fall off the wagon"
A healthy relationship looks different for a lot of people, but it genuinely has the same principles. 
  • Honor your hunger cues
  • Eat until satisfied, not stuffed
  • Put all foods on the table and allow yourself to eat any of them in any quantities you want
  • Don't restrict, don't worry about calories and don't 
  • Listen to the voices within and really heed what they are saying
  • Acknowledge where your current relationship with food is, and where you'd like it to go
  • Get rid of all attempts at perfection
  • Understand that eating one doughnut or almond croissant does not make you a terrible person, nor will you balloon up and gain five pounds instantly
Healing an already suffering relationship with food is hard, and it's harder to do it alone. Does any of this sound familiar? These thoughts are both scary and damaging, but health coaching can help. Let's schedule a time to chat about where you would like your relationship with food to be. 

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