Fall in Love with Food: Tips from a Mental Health Cousellor

Tips for falling in love with food:

  1. Our perceptions greatly affect how we eat. Our perceptions of how food will taste is based on the appearance and smell of the food and is combined with any past experiences we have had with that food. We then create messages about that food that we repeat in our brain creating either a positive or a negative connection. You know how kids eat with their eyes? Well it turns out do adults too! Imagine how different your experience would be if you ate your food with your eyes closed enjoying the scents and tastes while saying I am grateful to be fueling my body and brain.
  2. When we take time to slow down and be present we enjoy our food and feel better. We live in a busy world where we have gotten used to being busy, having to do many things at once, and eating on the go. How often do you eat while you work at your computer, watch tv or drive? We are all great at moving faster, doing more and keeping up with others. But have we created a sustainable schedule that brings out the best in ourselves? When we take time to slow down, to breathe, to check in with ourselves and to regulate our emotions, we are able to be more present. We can then focus on what we would like to eat, recognize how yummy the food looks, smells and tastes and take time to enjoy the company with whom we are eating.
  3. It is important to identify our roadblocks so that we can be successful in eating the way we want. Anytime we plan to change any habits there are always potential roadblocks that can get in the way. The same is true in regard to wanting to change our eating habits. To start we actually need to identify what our interests and priorities are in regard to food, snacks and meals. We want to ensure we are adopting a new habit because it fits who we are and what our goals are, not because EVERYONE else is doing it. Some of the common roadblocks of falling in love with our food can be: What we have in our pantry, whether we eat at home or on the go, not planning, not grocery shopping consistently, our messages to self, the people around us, feeling overwhelmed, adequate time and trying to change everything at once. If we can identify our goals, identify one good starting point, and identify a time frame for making these changes, we are much more likely to be successful in our openness to growing in our relationship with food. It is hard work to change habits so make sure you celebrate your successes along the way!

Bon Appetite!

– Jenn