For me, I became so disconnected from what I was eating, I didn’t pay attention to what my body wanted. I’d just indulge in whatever I was craving and still wouldn’t be satisfied. Stepping back + Listening to what was really going on inside me, I was able to make food choices that i was more aligned with + actually made me feel better about what i was eating. Food started to lose its control over me.
changing our relationship with food doesn’t happen overnight. Having a joyful relationship with food is an act of self-care that honestly a lot of us aren’t use to. showing myself kindness around food has been a journey that I’m still working on. But one thing that doesn’t work is beating myself up about “bad” food choices. We instinctively know what we need + want and it takes practice to tune in to that voice. The more you practice the better you get. being your own cheerleader is super important.
We take food so seriously and it’s suppose to be fun. That’s why I’m such a big advocate for playing with your food. creating beautiful food isn’t hard and doesn’t have to be saved for dinner parties. we all deserve to create + explore our food and make it a practice in fun. you can make it a special time just for you or involve the whole family. The point is, throw all the rules out the window and just have fun with what you’re eating, you’re going to sh*t it out anyways.
This ties into tip #3, But is a little more expansive. Being curious about our food helps us to deepen our relationship with what we’re eating and in turn deepen our relationship with ourselves. Curiosity opens up the door to possibilities and has the potential to create excitement around meal time. Trying new foods, exploring new flavors or asking yourself where did this come from can help open up our minds + enrich our eating experiences. This is really how I came to love creating with food.
This is probably my favorite tip. We’re bombarded by so much messaging that it’s hard to do anything sometimes. There are a lot of us that struggle with food in more ways than one could imagine. it seems easy to say, “oh just do this…” and your life will change, but not all of us are starting from the same place. so, if you’re not there, it’s okay. wherever you’re at is okay. This is your journey, your experience and you only need to take in the information that resonates with you. Throw the rest out the window, even these tips if they don’t align with your soul.
I can’t say this enough, you are beautiful! yes, you.
how we view food is a direct reflection of how we view ourselves, making it one of the most personal relationships we have. to heal our relationship with food is to heal ourselves which can feel overwhelming at times. so remember, you are not wrong, you are not doing anything bad, you are not cheating or indulging. you are just eating, beautiful, delicious, luxurious, mouthwatering food made to nourish your body + help you to thrive, because you deserve it.