Rebuilding Our Relationship with Food…
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There is something amazing about being up before most; I get to drive through the canyons down to the Pacific Coast Highway, alongside the deep blue waves of the ocean crashing and sometimes, if I’m lucky enough, I get to see the sunrise. I have my “ass-crack of dawn” clients to thank for that – their dedication to prioritizing their health is unmatched!
During my 5AM sesh, we had a conversation about the societal pressure to attach negative feelings like guilt, cheat, shame, regret, to the food that we eat. I’m not sure where that started but I am sure it contributes to the state of our health & nutrition in the US and rebuilding individual relationships with food may be the first step.
I’ve had plenty of moments where I thought, “I deserve this…” or “Ice cream has calcium in it so I shouldn’t feel too guilty,” and “I don’t care I’m going to eat whatever I want.” But my body always spoke up when I had these thoughts and “acted” on them – I’ve been through parasites, allergic reactions, weight gain, weight loss, muscle gain, muscle loss, headaches, bloating, acne breakouts, stretch marks, constipation and whatever else – it wasn’t until recent years that I finally listened to what it was saying and changed my relationship with food to improve my health.
I share this because when we go back to one of the Health Pillars of Change – taking individual responsibility – we can absolutely apply this to improving our relationship with food and in turn improving our overall health. Like any relationship in our life, communication is key, try listening to your mind and body every time you eat (AKA Mindful Eating):
- Observe your non-social consumption – when I was at home I would consume whatever was in the house! I often did this if I felt lonely or needed to procrastinate (who “needs” to procrastinate?!) NOT because my body was sending me hungry signals. I became AWARE that this was a pattern I could change so I took the measures to create new patterns because the overconsumption brought a negative feeling.
- Observe your social consumption – It seems like social lives are based around overconsuming food or drinks and the more awarness you Some of you can relate to experiencing anxiety when you eat with others for a meal or party and food may be exactly where your “comfort” lived.
- Observe ANY emotions you connect to food – Recognize what emotions good or bad that come up when you eat and write them down. There is no right or wrong in this either – if the emotion is negative then let it be and vice versa. Let it be what it is and then decide if you want to change it. Pretty soon those negative feelings around food will diminish.
- Nourishment – The quick summary of what food is good for your mental and physical health is: eat vegetables, healthy fats and good-sourced protein. It is that simple. All of these create a healthy environment in your body which in turn creates healthy thoughts in the brain.
Take Away: Our nations relationship and undertsanding of food is quite skewed when it comes to emotions. Naturally, I want to help improve individual realtionships with food and I believe “mindful eating” through observation is at least pointing us in the right direction. And lets face it we all know what we should be eating to nourish our bodies so cheers to having that knowledge and wanting change for better health…
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Sarah is a life enthusiast, health coach, movement & mobility coach and really focuses on the bad-assery that women possess! Sarah is from Naples, ME, a small town in the southwestern part of the state. Her passion is to help as many people live their optimum life (cause after all what are we here for if we aren't LIVING!) by improving their mental, physical & overall being capabilities. In recent years she has focused more on female nutrition, strength training and the miracle that is pre/post natal health. (If you're looking for Certs: NASM, FitforBirth Pre/Post Natal CES, FRC Certified & Precision Nutrition Nutritionist, Kettlebell Certified & Certified in experiencing a kick-ass healthy life to show others how to do the same).