7 Ways to Have A Healthy Relationship With Food in 2017


Having a healthy relationship with food leads to a good relationship with the mind and body. What you eat can affect your daily life in small ways and can affect your overall health in the long run.

First, here are some signs of an unhealthy relationship with food: Do you think that eating should be governed by rules? Do you beat yourself up for not sticking to your diet? Do you think about your physical figure every time you eat? Are you afraid of food? If you have these signs, it is time to check out these 7 ways to have a healthy relationship with food in 2017. It all starts with what, when, how and why we  eat food in the first place.

Eating the Right Food

What do you eat? There are various kinds of food and they work together to form a healthy, balanced diet. If you are in constant fear of too many carbohydrates or calories that you avoid certain types of food completely, your diet is not balanced. If you plan on losing weight, there is a wide range of choices of weight loss diets that do not compromise health. A balanced diet gives you the daily nutrition you need. Having five portions of fruits and vegetables a day is a good start.

Eating at Regular Times

When do you eat? Some people remember to eat only when they are already tired and hungry. Some eat food whenever they get bored and have nothing to do. However, not all foods are energy boosters and eating should not be dependent on whether you get tired or bored. Food is necessary to keep the body functioning well. Eating meals should be done at regular times of the day – breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The body system will work better with this regularity. If you get physically hungry at other times of the day, eating small snacks helps.

Breakfast is an important part of your daily activities. Skipping it could make you hungrier all day and can affect your focus and concentration. Even after taking your breakfast, eating small snacks is helpful at certain times of the day when you suddenly feel hungry. For lunch and dinner, the amount of food may vary from moderate to light depending on daily activities.

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Learning When to Stop Eating

People with good eating habits stop eating when they are full. Every person should learn how to listen to his body. How do you know when you are already full? Sometimes, it takes time for the body system to register that it is full. After eating, the empty feeling in the stomach is replaced by a mild pressure. It should not be uncomfortable or painful and is usually a sign of fullness. Drinking a glass of water before and during meals can help you get in control.

When to Eat Your Favorite Food

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There is no specific time of the day when you should eat your favorite food.  When it comes to popular food like pizza, French fries, and chocolate, here’s the tip: do not eat your favorite food when starving.  This helps you avoid overeating, gives you control without clouded judgment and allows you to enjoy your favorite food more. Eating your favorite food to relieve stress is also not healthy.

Avoid Stress Eating

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Stress eating is a form of irregular or increased eating to soothe negative feelings. Some experts say that some people use the guilt from overeating to replace other negative feelings they are trying not to feel.

When eating is used for emotion control, the key is to eat wisely instead of eating excessively. There truly are types of food that can help combat depression. Food such as chocolate and nuts can improve your feelings and put you into a more stable mood. However, be careful in depending on food for mood lifting. The brain remembers certain things that improve your mood, which may cause sudden desire to keep on eating.

Eating with Family and Friends

Studies reveal that eating together as a family has good physical and emotional benefits, especially for teenagers and kids. It is also a good start in teaching them the importance of keeping a healthy relationship with food along with manners and communication.

Appreciating Food

When you have followed all these mentioned ways to have a healthy relationship with food, you will then learn to appreciate food as it is. There are different ways to appreciate food – seeing its creative plating, smelling that rich aroma, and finally, tasting the explosion of flavors. Never rush when eating and take the time to chew the food. Focus on it and eat peacefully.

Food is not to be feared. It is something to be grateful for because of the benefits it brings to our body. In addition to healthy eating habits, it is also important to exercise regularly. If you don’t have the time to go to a gym everyday, try setting up a home gym.

Good eating habits keep the body fit and decrease the risk of getting diseases. To have a healthy and productive year in 2017, follow these 7 ways for you to have a healthy relationship with food.

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