There is no more interesting relationship than the relationship we have with and how we think about food. That probably sounds like a strange statement, but consider this question. What is the first thought in your mind when you think about food? Do you feel guilt, happy, anger, struggle? What if I told you that you could immediately begin to change the way you think and feel about food with one minor change in how you think about food.
To begin to understand your relationship with food you need to begin to connect the dots between what you eat and how you feel. The simple undisputable fact is that everything single thing you eat contributes to the way you feel. I have a few questions and possible answers to those questions for you to consider:
1. When you eat sodium filled foods how do you feel?
Dehydrated, Stiff, Dry Mouth, Irritable.
2. When you eat processed foods or food made with sugars or oils how do you feel?
Bloated, Less Satisfied, Hungry
3. When you eat fruits and vegetables how do you feel?
Energetic, Satisfied, Focused
4. When you drink 8-10 cups of water a day how do you feel?
Hydrated, Awake, More Alert, Less Joint Pain?
Here is where your change in thought processes comes in.
I want you to take a few minutes to think about what you've eaten over the last 24-48 hours. Then consider how you feel right now. Ask yourself the questions above. Once you do this you can start to connect the dots between what you have eaten and how you currently feel.
If you find yourself coming to the same conclusion that most people do you will quickly see that you feel poorly in part, because of what you have eaten.
So what can you do about this?
As with most things my advice is to make a few small changes first. Since you have identified particular foods that you eat regularly that make you feel bad, simply replace one of these foods with a fruit or vegetable that you enjoy. Once you have successfully made this change repeat the process until you are satisfied with what you eat.
The results of this simple process will surprise you. You will feel better. You will have more energy, more focus, you will be less irritable and you will be more inclined to be active . You will also begin to see changes in the way you look. You might see changes in your body composition, your skin might look hydrated and softer, you might lose the dark circles around your eyes and you might find yourself standing more upright.
No matter what changes you see and feel, you will definitely redefine how you feel about the food eat and its impact on your body.
I would like to suggest a resource that will surely help you in this process. The resource is called Body By Eats and was created by Personal Trainer and Author Leigh Peele. She is a very unique thinker and practitioner.
Her perspective is that you don't have to fall into many of the traps or misconceptions offered may many of today's "Guru's". She believes that you don't necessarily have to give up all of the foods you enjoy. You don't have to limit yourself to only eating bizarre foods.
She believes we all should better understand what we are eating. Most importantly her Body By Eats book and related resources will definitely help you change the way feel about food and resultingly change the way you look and feel .
Click on the graphic below to check out Leigh's Body By Eats resources:
I hope this helps!
Jason Chiero, CPT
Published On: November 24, 2009