Building a Healthy Relationship with Food

Published On: February 7, 2020Categories: Eating Disorders, Recovery, Wellness

Curbing Unhealthy Habits

According to the National Eating Disorder Association, eating disorders are a combination of distorted thoughts, emotions, and behaviors around weight, and health. When recovering from an eating disorder, it can be difficult to change the way we think about food and nutrition. By taking the time to make a conscious effort to build a healthy relationship with the food you eat, you can continue to forge a path toward wellness and recovery.

Here’s how you can help yourself to be more at peace with the food you eat.

Be Relaxed

Maintaining a relaxed approach when it comes to your diet and nutritional needs will help you to improve both your mental and physical health. Allowing yourself to eat until you are satisfied and listening to your body’s needs can help you to embrace the pleasurable side of eating without shame and other negative emotions. Relaxed eating will help you to trust your judgment and move away from the remorse associated with food.

Be Flexible

Finding flexibility in your view of food and nourishment can help to counteract restrictive dietary habits associated with many eating disorders. By adopting a more relaxed approach to foods, you will be better able to separate food choices from self-worth. You can become more flexible with these tips:

  • Avoid labeling foods as “good” or “bad”.
  • Remember that indulging in “junk” foods occasionally is okay.
  • Acknowledge that it’s okay for the amount of food you eat to vary.

Be Mindful

Our bodies have a way of communicating with us when we need things, but we aren’t always listening. By engaging your senses, whether your body is telling you you’re hungry or full, you will be better able to acknowledge the role food plays in your life and in your health.

Seeking Help at Tapestry

At Tapestry, our treatment programs are dedicated to understanding our clients as whole people with varied life experiences. Whether you have questions about mental health or how to support a loved one struggling with their mental health, we are here for you. Contact us today by filling out a confidential form or give us a call at (828) 490-4032.

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