I'm always surprised at how often I speak to women with solid exercise routines who just can't seem to change their relationship (for the better) with healthful, good-for-you foods. If you've struggled with this issue, then here are five techniques to help you rediscover — and redefine — your feelings with healthful food and mealtime in general.
- Sit down: Chances are that at some point you've fallen victim to snacking while standing up. Grazing all day long may be part of your kitchen ritual or nightly tube time, but delineating a special time every day just for eating will allow you to be more mindful of what you put in your body.
- Admire your meal: Actually take in what you're about to chow down; whether it's the colors of what's on your plate or the smoky scents of veggies fresh off the grill! It may feel a little silly at first, but you're putting yourself in a far better position to have a healthy relationship with what you eat.
- Take stock of how you feel: Do you feel nervous when you think about food? Are you always bored when you go to snack? Being aware of how you feel before you eat will help you discover what issues you may have when it comes to your relationship with food.
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- Stop scarfing: Shoveling food into your mouth will not only make mealtime anxiety-laden, but it will also leave you feeling pretty empty. Eating superslow is not necessarily an indicator of how healthy you are, but by stopping the scarf, you're putting yourself in a better position to finish your meal feeling satisfied. Who knows? Maybe your days of always being part of the clean-plate club are over.
- Stay positive: If a healthful diet is a new part of your world, then it's certainly going to take a little getting used to. With that said, you'll be surprised by how quickly your body starts to crave healthy, good-for-you foods once you stick with the program. For getting healthy and seeing any kind of results, I'm a big believer that positivity is key. You'll be putting yourself in a better position to get healthy, and you'll get to enjoy food in a whole new way!