If you find yourself struggling with your weight, then you may have to rethink your whole relationship with food. For some of us, food goes beyond being a luxury that we can savour and enjoy responsibly. Some of us become addicted to our grub and it’s not the green vegetables or lean protein that tickles our taste buds.
We go for the fatty and refined convenience food. Some of us use it as a crutch in our time of need to help us feel better. The stereotypical image of a young woman eating a whole tub of ice cream after a break up has an element of truth. It’s time to revolutionize your relationship with food. Read on to find out how.
If you are used to having an evening meal with most of your plate filled with starchy carbohydrates, such as potatoes, pasta or rice, it’s time to change this. Instead, imagine your plate split into quarters. You need to have at least half of your plate full of vegetables or salad. A quarter should be your lean protein source, such as chicken or fish, and the final quarter should be your carbohydrate source. Don’t go for the refined white pastas, bread and rice. Instead opt for the whole grain variety. If you struggle to maintain this with your meals, consider asking for help from one of the many physician guided nutrition programs available. Professionals will create a bespoke eating plan to help you lose weight or achieve whatever health goals you have.
Get To The Crux Of The Issue
Sometimes our relationship with food is shaped by a traumatic incident in our past. Perhaps you started to gain weight when your parents divorced. Maybe a relationship break down made you binge eat. Or perhaps you eat when you’re stressed, so your overbearing boss is not having a positive impact on your weight. Get to the crux of the issue by talking about it. This could be to friends or with a professional counselor. Either way, by sharing your issue, you can work through it, and in turn, change your relationship with food. You will find yourself no longer needing the burger, the fries or the candy.
Learn To Cook
Even if you enjoy cooking in the kitchen, it might be time to learn some new recipes. Pick up a vegan cookbook or a healthy eating flyer, and learn to cook more nutritious meals. Eating out can be fun, but it might be more beneficial to eat in while you are trying to shift the pounds. This gives you more control over what is going into your body, and can help you be more appreciative of where your food is coming from. Making a meal for yourself can be satisfying and feeding others with your culinary creations can be pleasurable.
Trying to change your relationship with food can be difficult. You may have a lifetime of bad eating habits that you need to break. You don’t have to do it alone. Seek professional help if you need to, lean on your support network of friends and enjoy cooking once again. Before long you will be losing weight in a sustainable and healthy way.