|When coaching women and girls who are seeking weight loss, I encourage them to write their food story–complete with characters, setting, plot details, and a climax–which is what usually leads them to me.
As we unravel the strands, we explore thoughts, views, expectations, and roles that food serves in our lives.
We pay mindful attention to the power we give to our thoughts related to, words used to describe, and our perceptions of food’s role in our lives.
We dive in.
How do you describe food?
- Good or bad?
- Health or junky?
- A friend or an enemy?
- A lover or a hater?
- A reward or a substitute?
- A source of nourishment for your body, mind, and soul or a source to fill a void for your body, mind, or soul?
Just as we say, “There is not a bad kid, just bad behavior,” we must also believe that there are not bad foods, however there are foods that are better, more soundly and nutritionally charged, and that will promote and sustain good (or better) health.
I encourage you to take time to think about your personal “food story” and perhaps rewrite the script, especially if you have little ones who are forming their personal story.
Also, if you’ve ever bargained with your child that, “You can have dessert after you eat your veggies,” or “I will give you a cookie when you clean up your room” this article may help you rethink some of your thoughts and reestablish some new practices.
Don’t give food your power, sunshine, rather empower yourself to make healthy choices to enjoy your meals as you nourish your body and mind and establish a healthy relationship with food.
That’s just my food for thought.
If you want to explore your food story or help establish some newfound, healthier practices with your children, contact me. This is my mission–to help others have a healthy relationship with food and their bodies.