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– Redefining my relationship with food –

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I love food. And I am very guilty of loving all the ‘junk food’ the most. Burgers, fries, cola, chocolate, chips, beer, pizza, coffee, etc. Actually, I have really hard time to have a healthy relationship with food in general. I sometimes even have struggles to have control over the things that I am eating. So I have noticed some really bad eating habbits that I have:

  • I eat my food like someone will steal it from me. Fast, half chewed. Here in Denmark/Germany I am usually done when people are not even half way into their food .
  • I will always take something that is for free to eat, it does not matter if I really want it or not or if I am even hungry.
  • A buffet is an unending story. I need to try everything that looks good. And I will leave the restaurant with twice the size of a belly that I came in with. I actually thing I have this attitude towards buffets as Joey character in one of the Friends episodes have expressed: ‘This is where I win all my money back’  .
  • If I paid money for food, I have to eat it all. Does not matter how big the meal is.
  • Sugar is the frenemy. I go through a chocolate bar in a blink. However, people around me have noticed that I eat chocolate like a fast snack – putting the pieces in my mouth chewing, swallowing, not even enjoying it a little bit. So, I tried to not eat so much sugar anymore and I started feeling like a person with an addiction. I was craving  sugar as crazy – cranky, angry, always searching the cupboards for something sweet. This is actually caused by the hormone insulin that fights the overdose of sugar in the blood. It usually fights it too good and the blood sugar drops lower then normal, therefore you end up wanting more sugar again to normalize the sugar levels. It’s a vicious cycle!

How to gain control over your own eating habits?

So now I am trying my best to redefine and rebuild my relationship with food. Here are some ways I have decided to improve my eating habits.

  1. Admitting to having unhealthy habits of eating. I think for most of my life I was not aware that there is something wrong with the way I eat. Only when you are aware and acceptant, you can actively change something. Human habits are proven to be changeable. That means we all can do it. So do I.
  2. Chewing longer. Enjoying the taste, revealing tastes I have not even felt before. This also contributes to eating until you feel the fullness in your stomach, which is said to take around 20 mins. This way you can avoid over eating.
  3. Eating sweets only one or two days per week. Going out of this sugar craving cycle is probably the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. I am still weak when it comes to sugar – I catch myself thinking about sweets in really random situations. The only answer is ‘powering through’! It gets easier to say no to sweets after a few weeks. I am still on track for the most part and I give bonus points for this one too, because I already can see the difference not only in how I feel but also on my body.
  4. Asking myself two questions when I have an opportunity for cheap or free food: ‘Do I really want it? Do I need it in my body?’. To be honest, probably 95% of the time the answer is’No’.
  5. Incorporating some healthier options of food in you fridge and pantry. As I have noted in my ‘Goals for 2016’ post I am trying to incorporate some new ingredients to my cooking. Find some new tastes. It takes some work for me, because I am not a big fan of cooking or spending much time in the kitchen. I especially hate doing the dishes. However, I found that healthy food can be delicious too, you just have to make it delicious.
  6. Not eliminating anything I really like to eat. I find it very discouraging to tell myself I can never ever again have burgers or cola or chocolate. It really depresses me even to think about it. Therefore, I choose limiting these things to not having them every day, but once in a while. My cheat day is Friday. 
  7. Drinking lots of water. I am already pretty good at this, but now I try my best to track how much of it I am drinking. My goal is at least 2 liters per day. To be honest, I have seen major improvement in appearance of my skin all over my body it seems tighter, more even in color tone. For me to buy water from the store is too expensive, so I have just bought a Brita water filter, which works great for tap water here in Denmark. It’s delicious!
  8. Slowly incorporating some exercise.  For me it has to be slow, because I find myself always giving up fast if I go hard core right away. The most important thing is to move, not to gain muscle or loose weight. Humans were meant to move around, so that’s what we should do.

I am advancing slowly but steady  with the food, not so much with the exercise.  But I will improve in time. I am still in progress of controlling myself in all of these steps actually. I still have to think of how much I should chew the bite I have in my mouth, I am still struggling to having sweets only on Friday (especially saying no to the sweets that are right in front of me). I have built the habits that I have throughout 24 years of my life, so now it will take some time to change them. I am ready! Are you?

Comment on your experiences with food, your habits and where you think they came from. Share your story and struggle as well as your advice on how we all can improve our eating practices.

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Happy improvement!

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