The Consequences of an Unhealthy Relationship with Food
Do you have a healthy relationship with food? Have you ever even taken the time to consider your relationship with food? Don’t worry, you are not alone. Most people do not spend a lot of time thinking about why or how they eat. And that is actually quite natural.
Obviously, you eat when you are hungry. But is it always hunger that is sending you the signal to break open that bag of chips or have a 2nd or 3rd serving of pasta?
If you do not understand how your mind is related to the eating process, you may not realize that you have an unhealthy relationship with food.
Some of the consequences of an unhealthy food relationship include …
- Binge eating
- Emotional eating
- Body image issues
- Mindless eating
- Low Self-Esteem
- Poor work and personal relationships
An unhealthy eating mentality can not only contribute to weight gain but really harm your body both internally and externally. And in many cases, if you suffer from a poor relationship with food, you do not even know you are doing harm to yourself. That is because in many cases, hunger is not the driving force behind the subconscious impulses that lead you to overeat, and eat unhealthy “comfort food”.
As a matter of fact, in my coaching, I know that the majority of eating takes place for emotional reasons, not hunger-driven ones. You miss a big job promotion, a personal relationship falls apart or a loved one passes away. All of these can result in emotional eating.
In response, your mind treats your pain by telling you to eat foods which have given you pleasure and filled a void of pain in the past. You eat, you feel better temporarily, and the next time you feel down, you simply start eating again.
While your emotional state is often at the core of your poor eating decisions and habits, you can get back in control of your life.
If you believe you have an unhealthy relationship with food, you’re not alone! That’s why I’ve developed my coaching programs to help work through not only your weight loss goals but the body & mind connection and who we are as eaters.