So many times I am asked “How do I eat healthy consistently?” Even more often I give an answer that is quite surprising. To learn how to eat healthy consistently, you have to have a good relationship with food. Uh, what?? So many of you may want to know how eat healthy. I know! It can seem really overwhelming at times. But part of the reason it’s overwhelming is because you approach healthy eating in the wrong way.
The truth is, that you may not be able to eat healthy consistently because you have a bad relationship with food. That can come in the form of food anxiety, viewing food negatively, or just not understanding the emotional connection you may have with food. Check out my latest Periscope video and broadcast to identify if YOU have a bad relationship with food.
In order to know how to eat healthy consistently, you need to know what your beliefs are about food. In order to begin learning how to eat healthy, you have to know where you are at with your health and your beliefs about food.
In order to learn how to eat healthy I would ask you these questions:
- Do you get anxiety during meal preparation, during, or after eating?
- Do you view eating as a chore?
- Is meal time a time you enjoy?
- Do you rush eating?
- Do you like to experiment with new foods or recipes?
- Do you view food as a positive experience?
- Do you have any medical conditions pertaining to your diet or food consumption?
By answering these questions, you can start to see what your relationship with food looks like. Is it positive or negative? Have you had good experiences with food? Do you give yourself enough time to eat? Do you look forward to trying new healthy recipes?
Your relationship with food is a big indicator as to how you will eat healthy. If you have a bad relationship with food, you are likely to see meal times and/or preparation in a negative way (making eating unhealthy very easy in your lifestyle). But, if you view eating in a positive way, you are more likely to learn how to start eating healthy, as well as stick to these habits.
Our relationship with food is a big indicator about our eating habits. If you want to learn how to start eating healthy, you have to identify what your relationship with food is. And from that point, you have to transform the relationship into one that is positive (if you want to know what that looks like, stay tuned for more blog posts about my food coaching services!).
What would you say your relationship with food looks like? Do you believe that your relationship with food impacts how you can start eating healthy? Let me know your feedback in the comments below!