Do you have a complex relationship with food? I do, I think about what I am going to eat for lunch at breakfast, then dinner at lunchtime. I dream of a piece of cake when I’m not even hungry and can eat chocolate at any time of the day or night. Love food, hate food it really isn’t something we can get away from as we need food in our life.
For me it is time to relax our attitude, and I now try and ask myself if I am actually hungry or just bored, emotional or just smelt something delicious as I passed a shop. Once we recognise if we are actually hungry, or just want something to relieve boredom we are on our way to enjoying the food we eat.
If you fancy a piece of chocolate or cake indulge, but make it a great piece of chocolate or cake, savour it and enjoy every mouthful. Don’t feel guilty when you have finished, lick your lips and feel satisfied. Plan your meals at the beginning of a week, then you don’t need to shop on a daily basis and don’t need to think about what you are eating on a daily basis.
If you know you are going to be rushing around in the day and may not have time to prepare a lunch, take some healthy snacks with you to munch.
Once we stop thinking of food as the enemy and start enjoying every mouthful that we eat the pressure stops. So next time you fancy that Ice Cream enjoy.