In this article I'll discuss what it means to heal your relationship with food. It is probably the most important aspect of any diet (although I don't believe in diets as you'll soon find out) and healthy eating in general.
So, what does it mean exactly to “heal your relationship with food”? To heal means to make whole again, and there are two fundamental ways to interpret this journey. One is that you are broken and need to “fix” yourself in some way. Just like with a broken object, you must introduce something external like glue or a replacement part to put it back together.
The other way to interpret healing is through the perspective of misalignment. In this way, you are already whole but just misaligned. You are not broken or missing any parts, but rather just need to be re-organized, dusted off and supported to shine your best again.
My general focus in everything is from the latter perspective, which means that our approach to healing in this article is also from the same view. You are already whole; it is just about letting go of the things that do not serve you so that you can return to wholeness. There is nothing to fix or replace because there is nothing missing or broken,
only things to take away - as when you are cleaning something thoroughly or unfolding a chair you haven’t used in a while.
When you look at healing any area of your life whether it’s food, romance, money, whatever, always examine it from the lens of what needs to be removed that isn’t serving you to be your best, natural self. This approach will give you outlets for action that respect your wholeness and sidestep the personal improvement trap of never being enough or feeling that you are broken in some way.
So now, how do we apply this perspective and heal our relationship with food?
Remember my catchy motto, "When Alignment is present, movement is natural." In some sense, you can consider your eating and nutrition as a form of movement. The nutrients and things you consume are not these static ingredients listed on the
back of a container, but rather energy and patterns that flow over time. A banana, for example, can be an idea, a word, an object on your food list or it can be expressed as a particular glycemic impact signature in your blood measurement. That you have decided to eat bananas in your diet paints a future path over time of sugar fluctuations, carbohydrate intake and so on.
The sum of all of these decisions, or paths, is the general trajectory (or movement) of your diet. It is not a list of things you eat but rather a flowing river of energy based on what you believe.
This is very important. To heal your relationship with food, then, is ultimately to realign your belief systems and allow eating to emerge as the natural, effortless, rejuvenating and pleasurable thing that it is intended to be. One landmark book on this topic that I highly recommend is Intuitive Eating by Elyse Resch and Evelyn Tribole. If you are suffering with eating disorders, failed diets or an unhealthy relationship with food this may be a powerful tool in reclaiming your life. It is an incredible work that offers
sound advice and is backed up with plenty of research. Working with a dietitian or nutritionist trained in the principles of Intuitive Eating may also help you heal and find freedom from any misalignments.
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