Updated: Jan 7, 2021
Eating is an essential part of life. We cannot sustain life for long without eating, and what we eat (or don’t eat) impacts the quality of our life, so it is important that we take the time to learn how to eat well to have the best life possible. Our views of eating and the eating practices we adopt will affect our lives and our health in significant ways in the months and years ahead. Eating well can literally change everything!
Eating can be both a blessing and a curse. Many people struggle with eating due to emotional eating patterns and find it difficult to stay in balance. They end up eating too little or too much and their health suffers because of it. Some eat too little due to a distorted body image and fear of gaining weight. Other people struggle with eating too much when emotions take over and drive them to destructive eating patterns. Eating more food than we need to live is something that many people here in the West struggle with. West, struggle with. Eating is associated with many of our social activities and events and as a result, we’ve been conditioned to associate eating for reasons other than to satisfy hunger or prolong their health. Eating has now become a way to experience pleasure or to numb the pains of life.
The bottom line is that whether people struggle with eating too little or with indulging on food too much, they are not using food in ways that are healthy and life-promoting.
Take a look at your eating patterns. You may be surprised to see that you have established unhealthy eating habits over the years. Perhaps your schedule for each day is centered around when you can have meals or a snack. If so, there is a high chance that food has become a bit too high of a priority. Anytime that your thoughts are consumed with food, whether with restraining yourself from it or with consuming more of it, you are thinking of eating and of food in unhealthy ways.
Giving eating a rightful place in our lives without allowing it to become consuming is the key. Try to keep your perspective about eating balanced and healthy. Your life will be better and longer because of it.
Take a moment to think about yesterdays meals, were they nutrient dense or carb/filler laden?
Did you know that hunger isn’t always a sign of a lack of food but a lack of nutrition?
As you plan your next meals, consider swapping in low value, fillers like pastas, or white rice, with things like cauliflower rice or quinoa. When your body is given the nutrition it needs, you may be surprised to find that yourself snacking less and feeling great!
Want help establishing healthier eating patterns for you and your family? Call me today! Together, we will review on your eating habits and emotional eating patterns, help you gain a healthier relationship with food, and achieve a healthier, happier you!
This blog post is provided for educational and informational purposes only and is not medical, mental health or healthcare advice. The information presented here is not intended to diagnose, treat, heal, cure or prevent any illness, medical condition or mental or emotional condition.