When we think about some of the wonderful people in our lives, friends obviously come to mind right away.
Friendship could be defined as the friendly feelings or disposition we have towards another person. The very definition of a friend suggests positive vibes.
I suppose it is a word which suggests a supportive and uplifting bond.
So, what has this got to do with our eating habits?
Well, I was thinking about the relationship that many people have with food, and it is certainly not a healthy one.
You’ve probably never compared the two, but imagine if the relationship you have with your best friend was similar to your relationship with food — perhaps you could see that it was time to rekindle a healthier friendship with food? 🙂
3 Ways To A Healthier Relationship With Food
1. Don’t Criticize
Think of how you speak of your closest friends. For the most part, you probably say nice things to them, try to encourage and uplift them, and show your love to them where possible.
What would it mean if you were constantly criticizing them? Time for news friends, perhaps?
If you are constantly bashing the food you eat, perhaps you need to reevaluate exactly what you are eating. Then, find foods which you can be proud of eating, rather than feeling wracked with guilt over your choices.
Remember, the food you eat sustains your very being. Don’t allow negativity to creep into this area of your life, also.
Eating should be a positive experience.
2. Pay Attention
Have you ever been chatting to someone on the phone, but you keep getting interrupted by them talking to someone else on the other end? It’s extremely annoying!
The constant distraction can leave you feeling unappreciated, as if you aren’t important enough to focus on for a mere 5 minutes.
Well, many of us do the very same at mealtimes, by watching TV, surfing the net, or doing something else while we are eating.
This takes our attention away from the food that is in front of us.
Remember, by paying attention to what you eat, you create an more engaging experience, which reduces your chance of overeating, and leads to a more satisfying meal.
3. Make Time
I was appalled listening to my local radio station yesterday, as an MP tried to justify his plate of fries for lunch, because of his “extremely busy schedule.”
Now, I’m not saying you can’t ever eat fries, but I found it rather irritating that he wouldn’t take responsibility for his food choices, and blamed being busy, and even his dear wife’s cooking.
We are all busy, but we must make time for our own health. It should certainly not be seen as an optional extra.
As I listened to this MP, what Edward Stanley said immediately came to mind,
Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.
This can also be related to what you eat. If you don’t make the time now to eat well, you will pay for it somehow in the future. And, that “future” could be sooner than you think!
Have you ever found yourself staying longer than you intended at a friend’s house, neglecting other things which need to be done, simply because you were enjoying their company so much?
While it is true that cooking healthy meals can be time-consuming, the effort is worthwhile in the long-run, just as it is to spend time with our friends.
Think of how much healthier you would feel if you consistently ate well. Less time spent feeling lethargic, and having to take time off work due to sickness — that means more productivity in all areas of your life.
Don’t forget to take 15 minutes to sit down, taste and enjoy what you are eating at each main meal, too.
Like I mentioned above, paying attention to what you eat leads to a more satisfying meal. And, as you would give your full attention to a friend who needs your advice, giving mealtimes your undivided attention will help you to feel more rewarded and satisfied.
What ways do you maintain a healthy relationship with food?