Food Thoughts that Sabotage Your Health

By Rebecca Lewis on June 07, 2017

For most people, food is a source of energy which they need to go through each day. But for some, food is a comforting friend, a boredom fix, a reward, a punishment, and an enemy. In whatever way you perceive food, it can have a big impact on your health.

Food as comfort.

Emotional eating is a common problem which adults and teens deal with. It happens when we see food as a form of consolation. Using food to cope with stress, anger, loss and hurt can be addictive. And the longer we engage to this habit, the harder it can be for us to walk away with it. But relying on food takes away your opportunity to deal with the problem in a meaningful way. Actively seeking healthier ways to cope when things turn bad is always the best way. These include consulting a professional therapist, meditating, exercising, and brainstorming solutions to your problems.

Food as entertainment.

Boredom is something we all face, no matter how busy our lifestyle is. It strikes from time to time. And when it does, we try to find something else to entertain us or at least, make us feel comfortable. Many people eat not because they are hungry but because they are bored. Seeing food as a form of entertainment is not a good habit as you allow your body to take in things it doesn’t need. Using food as a distraction won’t let you enjoy your meals the same way. Find better ways to ease boredom. Try out a new hobby, read a book, play a mind-boggling game. There are many ways to entertain yourself, apart from binge-eating.

Food as an enemy.

When you start to hate food, things can get pretty serious. People who think that eating is the reason for being overweight are likely to develop eating disorder such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia. Also, food restrictions often result in constant thoughts and cravings, which can lead to anxiety and feelings of depression. In fact, studies show that restricted eaters have more thoughts about food that non-restricted eaters. Forbidding unhealthy food makes you stressed and is ineffective. Instead, focus on healthier options. And don’t forget that it is okay to indulge in your favourite ‘unhealthy’ treats occasionally and of course – with portion control.

Food as a measure of self-worth.

Never measure your self-worth by how much you eat. Beating yourself up over what you eat seriously harms your relationship with food and steals your happiness. Whenever you find yourself not eating healthy, don’t get angry with yourself. You can always start back at one and make positive eating choices.

Food is your ally, not your enemy. By making a positive, healthy relationship with food, you are one step closer to better physique and better health.

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