Transform Your Relationship with Food With These 4 Easy Eating Psychology Tips
The current paradigm of nutrition doesn’t seem to be working. It is estimated that over 95% people who go on a diet gain that weight back in 1 - 5 years or less.* We think that we can act like computers: less calories consumed + more energy expended = weight loss. Hooray! However, what about the mental struggle of dieting? How about the challenge of sticking to our diet even though our body says it’s hungry? What about stress?
It is estimated that emotional stress can reduce digestive function and absorption of nutrients by up to 75%!*
Catch that? Eating with less stress may be more important than eating the elusive “perfect meal.” This concept leads us to
Tip #1: Activate the ‘Relaxation Response’ as much as possible before meals.
Now that we’re enjoying our relaxation response… Deep breath… Let’s learn
Tip #2: Slow down your eating speed.
Tip #3: Get in rhythm with your bio-circadian rhythm.
Tip #4: Honor your appetite.
Eating challenges are doorways into a deeper inquiry about your relationship with your body and emotional needs.
There is no miracle diet. Yes, achieving macronutrient balance is important- getting enough healthy fats and proteins as well as complex carbs. Selecting high-quality ingredients is ideal, but if you’re increasing stress though unrealistic dieting goals, you can still actually put on weight because of the reduction in digestive capacity due to stress.
In closing, I invite you to honor your eating journey where it is right now. Not when you lose 5 pounds, or look a little different, but now. When we view our eating habits with just a little more curiosity and compassion, a small shift can happen over time that can change our lives.
“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”
- Carl R. Rogers
"Eating with awareness is the most important and powerful tool to transform your relationship to food and the body."
- Marc David
Interested in learning more? Please feel free to download my Clean Eating 101 Guide here or check out my blog here. You can also check out Marc David’s book, The Slow Down Diet here and his website here.
* Marc David, http://psychologyofeating.com/interesting-studies-reseach-and-resources/