A few days back, my mum said I’m getting wider (she’s just joking in Jesus’ name) because of my massive food intake. Though she was exaggerating (according to her, anyone who eats more than twice a day is eating too much), this new love I have for food wasn’t always my story. Three to four years back, I didn’t like to eat. I had been diagnosed of ulcer and was underweight a lot of times. Trust me, it doesn’t have to get that bad before you realize how important good/healthy food is.
After being diagnosed with ulcer, I knew I had to change my habits. It was hard, annoying and weird because I wasn’t exactly a food lover- but I had to eat (which I didn’t like). However, right now, I’m so sure if our bodies didn’t really need food to survive, I’d still always look forward to eating. Eating has now become an amazing experience for me.
So, if you struggle with not liking food, not having enough “time” to eat, not eating well at all (because you are waiting for hunger feelings to hit), I believe this will really help. I know it may sound cliché but just like the solution to not praying is to pray, the solution to not eating is to eat. It worked like magic for me.
Here are some things I did to Build A Relationship With Food
1. Understand the underlying cause.
Is it because you think there is no time? You don’t really enjoy food? You don’t like food? Why? When you are able to clearly define what the problem is, then you can begin to know what exact solution will be applicable in your case.
Someone who gets hungry but never finds time to eat is clearly different from someone who never gets hungry.
2. Create time for food
You have to create time for food; you really do. The truth is no matter how busy you claim to be, you’d always create time for whatever you consider important. And eating is important. It is the singular fuel your entire body and brain runs on.
The time spent eating is not wasted because I have seen many people give less priority to eating as they do other things like working or studying. When you see eating for what it is, fueling your body system to run, you will begin to give it more importance.The time spent eating is not wasted. When you see eating for what it is, fueling your body system to run, you will begin to give it more importance. Click To Tweet
3. Eat, even when you don’t feel like it.
I noticed that I only ate when I felt hungry- meaning I rarely ate. I decided that I would eat at the right time even when I didn’t feel like it. Trust me, I didn’t really like it and sometimes I just ate little. But, it was better than not eating at all.
Don’t wait till you feel like eating before you eat. Don’t wait till you are hungry before you eat. Include eating in your normal regular recurring schedule, like bathing, brushing, and follow through regardless of how you might be feeling at that moment.Don't wait till you feel like eating before you eat. Don't wait till you're hungry before you eat. Include eating in your normal regular recurring schedule, like bathing, brushing, and follow through regardless of how you might feel Click To Tweet
4. Listen to your body and eat what you enjoy and healthy.
I know that sometimes our bodies can crave unhealthy things- but asides those times, you should really listen to your body. It can help you see eating a fun activity (not a necessary evil). I mean, people give themselves food treats a lot. Food can be fun. I don’t really enjoy meat; so I decided to be a vegetarian (no, I’m not missing out on basic nutrients, thanks). I don’t feel discouraged that almost everyone wants to give me advice about it; I don’t care, I eat what I like, as long as it’s healthy.
5. Eat, eat, eat
Try to do just eating alone; don’t eat while on a call, don’t eat and watch TV. For the 10-15 minutes dedicated to eating, please just eat and think on the food. Attention begets affection.
I hope these points will help you grow a fonder and more intimate relationship with food. Incase you have things that has helped you on this journey, please contribute as a comment.
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This is a delicious article and I really enjoyed it. May I add that having a foodie as a friend will also increase your love for food (just a personal note to the writer)
Thank you Tonia. This was helpful.