On a weight loss journey? Heal your relationship with food.
As a counselor who specializes in emotional eating therapy I support my clients in having a healthy and relaxed relationship with food and their body. I have witnessed that even after many years (or decades) of dieting and struggling with food and weight issues, clients can discover new ways of nourishing and nurturing themselves. This kind of a deeper dive takes courage, time and patience - and it's so worth it!
Food is an essential part of our lives, and it is necessary for our survival. However, our relationship with food can sometimes be complicated, leading to negative consequences such as low energy, poor sleep, and difficulty moving. Healing your relationship with food can have many benefits, including increased energy, better sleep, improved mobility, and a greater sense of joy. Here are some ways to heal your relationship with food and enjoy these benefits.
Mindful Eating Promotes Natural Weight Loss
Mindful eating is a technique that involves paying attention to your food, including how it smells, tastes, and feels in your mouth. This practice can help you become more aware of your hunger and fullness cues, which can prevent overeating. Mindful eating can also help you enjoy your food more and appreciate the flavors and textures.
Avoid Using Food as a Coping Mechanism
Many people turn to food when they are stressed, anxious, or bored. However, using food as a coping mechanism can lead to overeating and an unhealthy relationship with food. Instead, try to find other ways to manage your emotions, such as exercise, meditation, or talking to a friend.
Develop Self-Compassion for Longterm Weight Management
By respecting your body and treating it with care, you can develop self-compassion and heal your relationship with food. This means treating your body like something you care about, rather than something to be beaten up and deprived. By focusing on function rather than numbers, you can get in touch with your body and enjoy movement that feels good.
Talk to yourself the way you'd talk to someone you love. - Brené Brown
Recognize the Six Internal Food Voices
In Intuitive Eating, the authors highlight six food voices that are helpful to recognize when healing your relationship with food. These include the Food Police, the Nutrition Informant, the Diet Rebel, the Caregiver, the Perfectionist, and the All-or-Nothing Eater. By recognizing these voices and learning to respond to them in a positive way, you can develop a healthier relationship with food.
Have Unconditional Permission to Eat
A good relationship with food involves having unconditional permission to eat the foods that make you feel good physically and mentally. This means welcoming all foods with no restrictions and seeing the value in food beyond calories. By allowing yourself to enjoy a variety of foods, you can develop a healthy relationship with food and avoid feelings of guilt or shame. Indulge mindfully.
Seek Professional Support
Healing your relationship with food takes time, patience, and kindness toward yourself. It is a complex process that can benefit from professional support and guidance. Seeking help from a specialized health care practitioner can provide you with the tools and resources you need to transform your relationship with food and improve your overall health.
In conclusion, healing your relationship with food can have many benefits, including increased energy, better sleep, improved mobility, and a greater sense of joy. By practicing mindful eating, avoiding using food as a coping mechanism, developing self-compassion, recognizing the six internal food voices, having unconditional permission to eat, and seeking professional support, you can develop a healthier relationship with food and enjoy these benefits. Remember to be patient and kind to yourself as you navigate this journey.
I am here to support you on your weight loss and emotional self-care journey! Reach out to me and we will explore whether my treatment model is a good fit for you.