Attaching Emotions to Food

Home » Fit Blog » Attaching Emotions to Food Do you ever feel like it’s impossible to eat healthy on special occasions? I know for me I used to dread them because I knew there was going to be so much food (and not all of it healthy) and I would feel like I was ravenous and had to eat it all! I don’t know what would come over me, but if I was at a gathering or family function, I would act as if I hadn’t eaten in months!

ginseng to buy What I have learned over the years is that I am an emotional eater and I know there are a lot of people out there like me. I felt that if I didn’t get to eat that chocolate cake, I wouldn’t have any fun. And then it got even harder when I became gluten free, especially because I love bread. What we have to remember is that it’s not the food that’s important—it’s the people, the interactions, and the conversations we have. We have to take the focus off of the food and put it onto the real reason we have these special occasions in the first place. Yes, it’s nice to eat good food and have drinks. Of course it is! But it doesn’t have to be highly processed, extremely fattening, sugary, unhealthy foods.

We attach emotions to our food because our memories are attached to certain food items. When I smell cookies baking, it brings me back to being young and cooking with my mom. Those are great memories to have and I haven’t given up making and eating cookies, but I have changed the WAY I make them and the ingredients that I use. Don’t ever look at a food and say, “I CAN’T have this.” That will instantly make you want it more. Look at it as I CHOOSE to eat something different.

Since I have become more educated about food and how it can literally make you ill if you are eating processed food, it doesn’t bother me as much that I don’t eat certain things. Not only am I healthier, but I FEEL ten times better! If you stick with a healthy, clean diet, you will feel it, too. Food is fuel. That’s why you have to put the healthiest fuel in your body so it can function properly. When we fuel our bodies properly, they will be able to do things we never thought they could! You will have the energy and stamina to get through anything AND it will boost your mood.

When you’re attending special functions, you’re not missing out if you don’t eat a particular dish. You may want it and crave it, but you don’t need it. You are celebrating family, togetherness, love, friendship, etc. Take time to cultivate your relationships and take the focus off food and drinks. I’m not saying you shouldn’t eat or drink anything at the party; I’m saying you should make good choices and not over indulge.

The idea is to create new healthy habits and learn to eat a cleaner diet. If you go back to some of the same habits you had before, you won’t create new habits. This is not about deprivation, it’s about health and well-being and that is something we all strive for. You and only you have the choice to live a healthier lifestyle and no one else can do this for you. And believe me, I know it’s hard! I still struggle at times, but now because I have eaten clean for so long, my body responds horribly to foods that are not so great for me. This is your time to make a difference for yourself and break the emotional eating and over consumption. You can do this!!

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