Every one of us has an intimate and emotional bond with the foods we eat. It may be healthy or unhealthy, but make no mistake, this significant, long-term relationship affects the choices you make when it comes to food. Understanding how you relate to food is often the linchpin to losing unwanted pounds and keeping them off.
There are so many ways you can be creative to give yourself a healthy emotional outlet instead of turning to food during times of stress.
If you are feeling emotional unease because of a change of circumstances or location, consider writing, drawing or taking photographs to express yourself.
If you are experiencing the pain of loss, consider developing something new to soothe your pain. Consider making a collage of photos and memorabilia.
If you feel lonely or sad, go out into the garden and plant something -- or just pull weeds for a time.
Keep a large box of crayons in your house with a large pad of paper and just "play" on paper.
Get a journal and write down your feelings instead of turning to the refrigerator.
If the association that you are struggling with is about identity, consider painting a picture or writing a story about the new you. Getting to know this person in your mind's eye before your take her out on the streets can keep you from running back to your old emotional eating habits
Go for a walk. It is well known that exercise can help to combat feelings of anxiety and depression. You also get much-needed vitamin D by being outside and that will also improve your mood.
If what you create is edible, give it to a friend or to others in need. That way, you form a new connection and transform the negative feelings into a positive experience.
It's time to walk down a different street and start a new relationship with food. By understanding how you relate to food and how you feel about what you eat, you can make better choices and feel good about yourself. This will put you well on your way down a new path to a healthy relationship with food and a healthy you.
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