Food | The Essential Guide For Fostering A Healthy Relationship With Food

How many times this week have you watched TV, read a magazine or overheard someone in your favourite coffee shop raving about the latest superfood? The bombardment of food crazes can be overwhelming especially when you are trying your best to maintain a nutritious and healthy diet. If you are trying to shift a few pounds or you don’t have the most positive body image, it can be tough to try and navigate your way around food. Whereas your pals might be able to eat whatever they want and never put on an ounce, you only have to look at a cube of chocolate, and you can feel your hips widening. It’s time to address your relationship with food and forge a more positive relationship with your diet.




Ignore The Hype

There are some very simple facts when it comes to our diet.

  1. You need to eat to live.
  2. You need to eat less sugar and fried food to lose weight.
  3. You need to eat a range of fruit and vegetables and lean proteins to maintain a nutritious and balanced diet.

Superfoods are not ‘super’ in any way. A blueberry is no more super than it was three months ago when it was just a blueberry. Goji berries aren’t this mythical cure-all fruit that will see you sleeping better and able to concentrate more. And quinoa is a marketing executive’s dream to advertise as ‘the healthy carb’. All you need to do is eat what you love. Think about the vegetables that you enjoy and fill your plate with them. Try to eat the rainbow (no, not Skittles) to ensure you hit all the antioxidants that your body craves. If you don’t like blueberries don’t force them down. Eat a strawberry instead.


Alcohol

Not all alcohol is bad for you. You shouldn’t be heading out every weekend to a bar, drinking to excess and finding yourself with a hangover every Sunday morning. However, drinking a glass of red every other evening can actually be beneficial to your heart health. Take a look at the Oddbins wines on offer and select a bottle or two to enjoy with your balanced meals every night. The key is to enjoy everything in moderation. If you want a glass of rose, have one. But just one. If you want to try a slice of the pink champagne cake, go ahead and savour every mouthful.


Body Image

Social media has a lot to answer for when it comes to projecting a healthy body image for young girls to aspire to. With the dawn of Instagram and perfectly Amaro filtered selfies showing off svelte figures and cellulite-free thighs, we are being sucked into a world of make-believe. The images you see online are the epitome of fake news. Take a social media detox, wean yourself away from the Lo-Fi and read a book instead. You will feel healthier for it, and you may even learn to appreciate your body for what it is.  

While it’s easier said than done to learn to love yourself, this is vital if you are to move forward in your life with a healthy frame of mind. Enjoy your food, enjoy eating in moderation and learn to be kind to yourself.


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