The Secrets of People With a Healthy Relationship with Food


What does it mean to have a healthy relationship with food?  Well, binge eating, emotional eating, disordered eating or restriction does not qualify as a healthy relationship with food, and most people tend to be somewhere within the spectrum of those issues.  So, what can you learn from people who have a healthy relationship with food that you can try to work into your everyday life?  Here are some tips.

Be Mindful

Your body has built in cues to let you know when to eat and when to stop eating. The problem is that people don’t always listen to their bodies.  Healthy people use their senses to guide them as they eat and this is called mindful eating.  Mindful eating helps you to acknowledge how you are responding to eating and not to be overly harsh with yourself.


Moderation is the key, and people who have a healthy relationship with food don’t forbid themselves from having a slice of chocolate cake or a piece of pizza.  They have what they want when they want it, but in moderation.


If you’re going to indulge it’s about timing.  If you are starving it may not be the time to have pizza or fries because chances are you will overeat.  Instead, chose a time to indulge in something you’ve been craving when you aren’t in need of a full meal, such as dessert.

Eat When Physically Hungry

Seems simple enough, right?  To eat only when your body is actually hungry and not your mind is a lot easier for some than others, but it’s something you should pay attention to.  If you’re under a lot of stress or anxiety you may crave higher calorie or higher fat foods.  So, if you’re having a stressful or emotional day recognize that you may be eating out of emotional hunger and not actual physical hunger.

Stop When Full

Again, this one is easier said than done.  A lot of people were raised with the mentality that you should not waste food and finish what is on your plate, but the reality is that no matter how much is left on your plate you should stop eating when you feel full. 


Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day.  It’s been proven that regular breakfast eaters have more energy, better memories and lower cholesterol and are usually leaner than their peers.  Starting your day out with a healthy breakfast will help you to remain healthier.

Think About Foods You Keep at Home

If you can pinpoint your patterns of emotional eating then you can help to redirect them.  One of the ways to do this is to stop keeping problem foods in the house.  For example, if you want ice cream don’t keep a whole tub of it in the freezer.  Instead, go out and have a scoop.

Give Yourself Permission

Think about and value your relationship with food.  Take the time to eat and to actually savor your meal.  If you have to, schedule time in your day so you can sit down and actually enjoy what you’re eating instead of taking a couple of minutes to scarf it down.  In other words, you deserve to give yourself permission to sit down and enjoy your food.

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