HEALING WITH FOOD - 4 STEPS TO REPAIRING YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH FOOD
Can food really help to heal your body?
In 2020 it’s going to be quite a defining question. Now I pose this as more of a statement than a question.
And that’s because we’re well and truly blessed with a wealth of information and guides on how to stay healthy!
Yet what are we doing with this information; well the answer is not so clear.
But in Australia 75%
of males in the country are considered obese,
and 25% of boys under the age of 17 are also considered overweight or obese.
Further to those statistics, 50% of the countries population suffer from a chronic health condition; be it cancer, cardiovascular disease or
mental illness, these conditions contribute to 87% of deaths in Australia.
With those statistics, it’s glaringly obvious that we need to turn this situation around!
And perhaps the best place I suggest we start is by repairing our relationship with food; which returns us to the opening statement:
“Can the food we eat really help heal our bodies”
The short answer is yes; however, prevention is always better than a cure and that all begins with how we integrate healthy foods into our
But what constitutes a healthy food choice, or an unhealthy choice for that matter?
1. Food - It’s All A Matter of Perception
There is no such thing as a bad food.
Yes, you read that right.
So much misinformation gets spread around the internet these days, and pardon the pun but it’s all so hard to digest.
For every food that receives the holy title of ‘Superfood’ there’s seemingly another 10 that get placed in the category of ‘eliminate these
foods to lose weight’
Ultimately it creates an extremely dangerous perception of food and does nothing but restrict our daily intake.
Restrictive diets are never a good thing, and it’s also our body that loses out because it potentially misses out a variety of different
But to sum up this point; we need to eat from all food sources. Yes, whole foods are also best, but some chocolate or cake here and there
is also great too!
2. Eat All Foods in Moderation
Yes you can have your cake and eat it too!
Now that’s not a free ticket to all you can eat at your local patisserie - we truly are sorry for that!
This all harks back to our relationships with food and not placing judgements on what’s considered what food is good and that which is bad.
With one caveat: there is a case of enjoying it in moderation.
Believe it or not, you can eat too much Fruit
So, have a good understanding of your own limits and begin to listen to your body more.
If something makes you feel crap, eat less, and likewise if it’s making you fat, then maybe it’s time to cut back.
The bottom line is, food is all about enjoyment and not restricting our palates.
3. Build a Foundation Around The Essentials
Food content does count and vitamins and nutrients are vital to our health and sustainability.
But as we know, not all foods are created equal, so it becomes a matter of building a solid platform around foods that ultimately nourish
For instance, foods such as eggs are a great source of protein that assist in feeling and repairing your body.
Whereas something like blueberries are rich In antioxidant and yogurt is abundant in vitamin B12, magnesium and probiotics.
Hopefully you’re starting to get the picture here, but eatings all about feeding your body with items that nourish and heal.
In doing so, you build up a healthy and stable foundation that enables you both enjoy life more because you have more energy, but also gives
you the freedom to savour more of the worldly delights - aka chocolate & cake!
4. Don’t Judge Yourself Too Harshly
We all have our bad days.
Or those really shitty times at work, where all you want to do is go home and just binge.
Essentially it’s all medication by food (or alcohol).
But what happens a day or two after…
That’s another simple fact, we might all stray from our healthy path for just a while. In reality it’s often just a blip on the radar in the
grand scheme of things.
Except we can literally talk ourselves into a spin, rooted with guilt and shame.
We punish ourselves some more and the cycle easily continues.
That’s because we, as human beings, tend to place harsh judgements and criticisms upon ourselves and just give up.
You don’t need to be a psychologist to see where this leads to…
And we would never treat our best friends or family the same, so why do it to ourselves.
The point is, we shouldn’t be judging ourselves so harshly and put things into perspective.
Life continues, live and learn, then return back to what you motivates you.
Healthy eating is not some mystic path, nor is just some scientific realm.
This stuff really is that simple, we just have to reconnect with what food really means to us.
And the bottom line to that is enjoyment, because is there is no superfood, it’s all just food in general.
Consuming it in healthy moderation without punishing ourselves when we stray from the path, because as human beings we literally are what we eat.