You are More than what you Eat

What is a diet really made of? Well that’s easy food right? We’ve got carbs, proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals. How we get these things are through plants and animal products. Simple. But the real question is why do we eat what we eat, when we eat it, and with who we eat it with?

Believe it or not our food choices have a lot to do with how we feel, what we’re doing at the moment and even who we surround ourselves with. As a counsel clients you might find it surprising that sometimes we can go through an entire session without even talking about food. Yep, it’s true. Having a healthy relationship with food matters just as much as what food you actually eat.

We have feelings

What do I mean by this. Well I’ll try to explain. We’re human and we have feelings and emotions. Sometimes we choose certain foods based on how we feel. For instance when I’m stressed out or thinking I eat gummy bears (Haribo brand to be exact). I don’t want them at any other time. Or when I travel, I like to drink soda. It’s just a natural reaction. I go entire months without drinking it even when I see it. But when I’m in the airport I can’t seem to resist. Sometimes we eat snacks mindlessly when watching TV or out to eat. Birthday parties and other celebrations play a huge role in food being the center of social gatherings. This is all called emotional eating and in some cases mindless eating.

Unless we a eating when we are hungry to stay nourished any other form of eating is either out of emotion/craving or mindless habit. We have to know how and when to separate. When we are going through certain emotions or in certain environments we tend to associate certain foods with them as if the emotion or environment was some kind of trigger.

be mindful

When examining our eating habits we have to be mindful of even our behavior and how it connects. It could be the key that unlocks your success or the stumbling block that keeps us bound. It sounds small but honestly that’s how a scheme works. The force behind the scheme arguably could even be ourselves. Instead of going to the gym after work, we go straight home and sit in front of the tv and eat a snack, then next thing you know it’s 9pm and we’re hungry so we eat a meal and then fall asleep. Over time our weight picks up and we haven’t gone to the gym and then guilt sets in. Slow and steady wins the race. Small decisions each day with behavior modification can get you back on track. Sometimes it’s all in disrupting the normal flow in your habits. Going deeper to explore the reasoning behind the emotions or the behavior allow us to get to the bottom of why we do what we do. It may not happen overnight but if healthy eating is a lifestyle then we got time to get it right.

Andrea Whitley