The most important lesson to remember when it comes to developing a healthy relationship with food is that healing can only come from promoting self love and compassion.
In other words, we cannot hate ourselves into loving ourselves. Depriving our cravings and forcing our stomach growls to quiet down further add fuel to the fire that is an unhealthy view on your personal nutrition. This can lead to an array of bad habits like developing a permanent distorted view on your body image or binge eating and dangerous detoxes.
When building or healing your relationship with food, re-inhabiting and rediscovering the body is essential to be able to contact our wholeness. When we practice embodiment, whether through mindful movement or meditation for example, this connection allows us to return to our body’s innate capacity to feel when we are hungry or full. This helps us to tune in to important messages from our body that may influence our future behaviours or patterns we develop.
We can begin to contact our intuition and understand what food our body is asking for through compassionate listening.
Understanding your relationship with food
Nowadays, we are constantly influenced by messages that tell us what to do, when to do it and how, overriding our body’s desires – especially considering food and pleasure. When it comes to food choices, self love should be void of this restrictive, mind-oriented diet mentality. Rather, focus on connecting to your body’s wisdom – what is it really asking for?
Let's take my own personal story for instance. During the first trimester of my pregnancy when I was extremely nauseated day and night, self love and self care meant allowing myself to eat foods that my body craved and was able to absorb in reasonable portions (which by the way, sometimes did not include any salads or vegetables!). I trusted that this is what my body needed at the time.
This allowance eases the mind from restrictive patterns, which is essentially the first step in developing a healthy relationship with food. Self love can mean many things – enjoying a fresh and hearty salad on a hot summer day or savouring a delicious, sweet ice cream cone instead. The most profound act of kindness we can offer to ourselves and our body is to listen without judgment, especially when it comes to understanding our food cravings and our bodies.
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