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Fuel Your Body - Love Your Body

Updated: Sep 26


a spread of health foods such as salmon, avocado, grains, fruits and vegetables.

Are you dieting, binge eating, or starving yourself and find it hard to stick to healthy eating habits? Do you feel like you're constantly fighting with food? You're not alone. But, there is hope to develop a positive relationship with food!


Keep in mind, what works for one person, may not work for another, and that's okay! The most important thing is to be mindful of what we're eating and how it makes us feel. When we pay attention to our own individual needs, we can better determine what kinds of foods will help us stay healthy and happy.


There are some basics that we all need to consider when it comes to food and our health. Follow along and we'll explore different ways we can fuel our bodies with the food we eat, as well as discuss the importance of listening to our bodies. Be in tune with your body and what it needs to run most efficiently.



EMOTIONAL NEEDS AND FOOD



a woman wrapped in a blanket emotionally eating an unhealthy snack from a spoon

We've all heard of emotional eating, and most likely have experienced it ourselves. Filling emotional needs with food, rather than to just fill our stomach is not a healthy choice. Though in the moment you may feel you are being comforted by what you're consuming, doing so does not actually fix the emotional problems that you're experiencing. You usually end up feeling worse after an emotional eating binge, causing guilt and discomfort from the food you consumed.

Emotional eating is a harmful coping mechanism that doesn't solve the underlying problems. Slowing down and paying attention to the food you're eating helps minimize the risk for emotional eating. Put your fork down between bites and take a moment to taste your food. Be mindful about what you're putting into your body while also understanding how these feelings might be affecting other aspects of your life.


When we eat to self-soothe our emotions rather than solve problems or manage our stress better overall - it creates more confusion. Your brain gets the message that eating means it's time to comfort or solve a problem.



BEING MINDFUL & LISTENING TO YOUR BODY’S CUES


Learning to listen closely and mindfully when you eat can lessen negative emotions about food as well increase awareness of the complete experience!

a smiling woman eating a healthy salad from a bowl.

A mindful approach creates space in which nourishing oneself means being in tune with what your body needs. Are you needing extra protein to give you the strength you need to accomplish a task? We are what we eat. When you reach for a snack in the middle of the day, are you reaching for something out of hunger or boredom? Are you choosing a snack that is prepackaged and most convenient, or the snack that will bring you energy to help you through that mid-day slump?

Become more aware of what is happening inside your body, and in your mind as you eat. Take notice if excessive sugar intake is not only making you feel sluggish, but if it is having a negative impact on your emotional state. What we eat can directly be linked to our overall mood and health!


Keep a food journal of everything you eat in a day, when, and why. Is there an emotional purpose hidden behind what you’re reaching for to eat throughout the day? Are you noticing that you’re skipping meals and then binging when you’re home?


Take notice of how each food you eat makes you feel during and after. Become more aware of what is happening inside your body, and in your mind as you eat. Does excessive sugar intake not only make you feel sluggish, but also create a negative impact on your emotional state? What we eat can directly be linked to our overall mood and health!


Pay attention to how your physical body feels and looks after eating foods as well. Noticing more bloating or discomfort? You may need to lessen your intake of that specific food or eliminate it entirely if it is causing discomfort in your physical body.

 

Our emotional needs can be just as powerful as our physical ones when it comes to food. When we understand how to fuel our bodies with what will make us feel good on the inside, we can start making better choices for ourselves. Being mindful of our own individual needs and listening to our body’s cues is an important step in this process. What have you found to be your personal “happy foods”? The foods that make you feel full, energized, strong and happy. Start incorporating them into your diet and see if you don’t begin to feel more content and satisfied overall.


This journey may not be an easy one, but it is well worth it. You will be feeling better physically, emotionally and mentally. Just remember, you will never have to walk this journey alone. I’m here to help you through the process! Schedule a time to chat! I'm here to walk you through Loving Your Physical Body!



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