Fix Your Relationship With Food ~ Part I

Coaching and NLP l Self esteem l Confidence l Lose weight

Are you having a bad romance with food?

Do your meal choices cause you to feel either sky high, or crushing low, or are followed by guilt, self-doubt, inadequacy, low self-esteem…?

Do you find yourself forever dieting, or binging, hiding food, eating alone, or never being able to let go and just enjoy what you eat?

You are not alone. More and more women, and men of all ages and backgrounds are becoming slaves to food.

An abundance of foods, powerful marketing campaigns run by multimillion companies, too much information being shot at us from TV, printed media, the internet, so called health and fitness experts… means a lot of people are misinformed and overwhelmed, to say the least.

Anorexia and bulimia are some of the sadly better known eating disorders thousands of people are dealing with right now; which affect not just physical health but mental health too.

A raising percentage of the population in the more developed world is dying of diseases directly linked to obesity, whilst many other people are starving themselves to death, for no reason at all, other than, ironically, to look good.

Thankfully, you don’t have to fit into either of those boxes.

Start by identifying the symptoms of a bad romance so you can fix your relationship with food for good:

  1. You use food to help you deal with negative emotions
  2. You are constantly either on a diet or off a diet
  3. You quickly gain or lose significant amounts  of body weight
  4. You prefer to eat alone
  5. When with friends or family, you choose to eat something light, or a salad excusing yourself that you are full or you’ve already eaten, when it’s not true
  6. You hide foods around the house
  7. You eat secretly
  8. You go without eating for long periods of time and then binge on rich or heavy foods
  9. You constantly worry about your weight, you read and follow the latest fad diets shown in magazines
  10. You weigh  yourself every day or too often
  11. You have low self-image and low self-esteem, your self-worth is linked to your looks, you compare yourself to other slimmer people, you’ve become competitive
  12. Whilst you might not have done it, you have had thoughts of purging food

 

How many of these symptoms do you identify with?

Post your comments in the FB box below. I know it’s not an easy thing to admit, but as a former sufferer of anorexia, I know one thing: awareness and ownership are the first steps that will lead you to develop a healthier relationship with food, and a happier you.

Anna

Comments

  1. Nice post Anna. It is so important to examine our relationship with food. In an ideal relationship with food, we eat when we`re hungry, and we eat the healthy foods our body needs. Whatever our relationship with food, we must ask ourselves if it’s a healthy one ?? Facing our emotions head on is the only way to heal them. Thank you. Greetings to all family, friends and associates in Ireland too. Kind Regards, Michael

  2. thanks Michael, glad you like the post! Part 2 coming up this weekend 🙂

    Anna

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