How much do you think about what you eat?
If you are like most people, you don't think too much about what you're eating. But for some people, eating has become associated with emotions such as guilt, leading to poor attitudes toward food. Unhealthy mindsets about food can lead to eating disorders and illness, and changing your outlook about food can be a huge step toward improved health. If you are struggling with a negative attitude toward food and eating, you might want to talk to a healthcare provider. There are many things you can do to help change your point of view.
First, remember that food is fuel. Without sufficient nutrition, your body can break down. Your body needs calories and nutrients to stay active, have energy and to promote healthy growth and development.
Don't try to label foods as "good" or "bad." Instead, focus on eating foods that will provide good nutrition. This is a healthier way to make food choices, and reinforces the importance of healthy eating and its relationship to health and wellness.
Don't deprive yourself. Eat your favorite snack or dish once in a while. You can eat healthy overall without constantly depriving yourself of the foods you love that may not be so healthy. Eating small amounts of these foods every so often lets you satisfy your cravings while still maintaining a healthy diet. Balance is the key.
Put away the scale. Striving to reach a certain number or staying at a particular weight may not be a healthy attitude. Many health centers will tell you that numbers can be deceiving and may not be the true measure of the health of your body.
See a therapist or a nutritionist if you need additional help developing a healthy relationship with food. Nothing is shameful about needing extra help, and these professionals can help you become the healthiest you can be.