Food, Body and Eating Concerns
We live in a time when food, eating, and how we feel about our bodies has become incredibly complicated and interconnected. Myths and misinformation abound. What is important to remember and focus on is that how we eat over time is far more important than what we eat at a single meal. If we build a positive relationship with food and our bodies, eating will become more intuitive, healthful, and, even more fun!
Nutrition, by definition is….
- The act or process of nourishing or being nourished; specifically: the sum of the processes by which an animal or plant takes in and utilizes food substances (Merriam-Webster)
1. Healthy: enjoying health and vigor of body, mind, or spirit; conducive to health
2. Balance: a means of judging or deciding; physical equilibrium
These definitions seem positive. They make food and eating appear to be fun and enjoyable. Shouldn’t we feel good about nurturing our bodies, feeding our minds, and choosing enjoyable foods that help us do so? It would seem so!
What is missing, however, is the incorporation and understanding of the psychology of eating: why we eat the foods we do, in the way we do. And it is the psychology, the feelings, emotions, and thoughts that often drive us in our behavior and relationship with and around food.
There is normality behind eating, and it has nothing to do with dieting. Normal Eating, like our appetite, is flexible. It varies in response to hunger, schedule, proximity to food and feelings.
Good nutrition and eating habits are not so complicated... just remember:
...is not about one food group over another.
...is not about eliminating whole food groups from your diet.
...is not about counting numbers (as in calories, fat grams or points).
...is about internal balance, which includes ALL foods and food groups.
...is trusting yourself (or learning how to) in terms of recognizing what and how much you need.
...is giving yourself permission to eat.
That is how one gets to be “healthy.”