How do you stop seeing food as comfort and pleasure rather than fuel (as it is supposed to be) ?
Last Updated: 01/15/2018 at 8:10am
Raifiel Cyril, Masters in Applied Psychology
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A good idea is to look at the food you are eating from your bodies perspective. If your body could have a conversation with you what would it say after a meal? Healthy, natural, fresh foods would make your body say "Yes! Give me more of that! I can use that as fuel and energy. Those vegetables have plenty of nutrients that I know exactly what to with."Now imagine what your body would say after a large fast food binge. It would complain that there is too much sugar and salt and that it doesn't really know what to do with all the calories you are feeding it. Sugar and carbohydrates are confusing for the body because we naturally do not need them as fuel... at least in the quantities found in most processed foods today. Be kind to your body. Give it the stuff that it needs to grow strong and healthy. If you feed it junk food then it will eventually give up trying to figure out how to get rid of all the excess and will simply store it away as fat. Be good to your body and it will start to look and feel great!
I feel that the majority of people with a healthy relationship with food see it as both dependant on the circumstances for example eating with family on a date such as Christmas could be very pleasurable yet eating breakfast every morning might been seen simply as fuel for the day ahead. It might be worth keeping a journal and recording your emotions to see how they affect your diet and then trying to subsitute in other activities when it is evident you are using food as a way of managing your emotions.
By actively seeking out other sources of comfort and pleasure instead. I know it's all to easy to see comfort and pleasure in food. But the key is: moderation. Of course it's okay to enjoy a good marbled steak or some nice sushi once in a while. But if one is eating constantly just to fill an emotional hole in them, it just becomes a self-destructive cycle, which I am not proud to say that I've been through before. But over time I'm slowly learning and picking up the pieces.. and finding comfort in the small things that exist outside of this. And I feel it generally made me a happier person :) so I hope the same for all of you struggling in this manner!
Actually, food should be for pleasure. Don't let food just be "something to survive", it should be enjoyable. It is okay to indulge in "comfort" foods every once in a while but don't make it a daily thing. All food is fuel, but eat foods that are healthy (including all food groups) so that you can feel energized every day.
You can find another outlet for comfort and pleasure. Try talking to a friend for instance. You can also cope positively by taking a walk or going for a bike ride.
I would start by writing down and reviewing what you eat. I wouldn't advice depriving yourself, but eat those comforting foods in moderation.
Food is meant to be fuel, of course...but there's nothing against taking pleasure in what you eat. The key is moderation of all the food groups and achieving as a balanced of diet as you possibly can.
It sounds like you struggle with emotional eating. It's always a good idea to keep an emotional eating diary. Emotional eating can be easily avoidable with the right coping skills. Message me if you'd like guidance and help on certain coping skills and alternatives.
I don't know. It depends the day. But you haven't to see food with other eye. Because it's very important for your organism.
Find something else that can give you comforst and pleasure. such as writing or reading or even going for walks :)
First you need to figure out what it is about that specific food that is providing a need for you & then supplementing it with something else. For example maybe its sugar after a hard day at work because it elevates the mood. Tea is also a great mood booster as is creative outlets such as coloring.
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