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How to have a healthier relationship with food

Weight loss is tough and if you’ve been trying to lose weight for a long time, chances are, having a healthy relationship with food is even tougher. Many people start to resent food and themselves if they have not been able to successfully meet their weight loss goals. Even if you’re trying to lose weight, food is meant to be enjoyed as well as fuel the body! One common trait among people who are able to maintain a healthy weight is that they actually enjoy food. They like the color, texture, and taste of food. Because of this, they slow down and make mealtime a priority. If you’re on a restrictive diet, chances are, you’re on it in order to hit a specific goal. This makes it short term and you’re more likely to go back to your old eating habits when you’re done. It also creates an unhealthy attitude towards food. People think they’ve messed up when they’ve had ‘bad food’ not on the diet. Food should not be labeled ‘good’ or ‘bad.’ It is either something that helps you achieve your health goals or doesn’t. If you feel like you’ve consumed something that’s not getting you on track to your goals, you’re not a failure. Just choose something more nourishing at your next meal. In order to enjoy food, you also have to learn to separate it from your emotional lows. The H.A.L.T method is a great acronym to overcome emotional eating. Before you eat, ask yourself am I Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired? If you are anything but hungry, you need to address your other emotions with something besides food to help you feel better. Food will not cure these other emotions and will most likely contribute to your food resentment later on. Our personal trainers recommend clients choose to create a healthier lifestyle verses go on a really restrictive, short-term diet. It takes time to create healthy lifestyle habits, but it is much more effective in the end!