What three words would you choose to describe your current relationship with food? Write each one down with an explanation as to why you chose each word.
Tense. Despite the work I’ve done on my relationship with food and my body, there are still many days where I struggle to feel comfortable eating enough or “too much.” I’m closer to finding a balance than ever before. However, I often worry about how much I’ll be eating, what I’ll be eating, if there will be “healthy” options, and if I’ll gain weight. Especially when traveling, which is exactly when I want to think of these things the least. Living > diet.
Emotional. I thoroughly enjoy food. I love to try new things. I like cooking and, even more so, baking. It’s a fun expression and experimenting with tastes and flavors keeps day-to-day life exciting. I’m also deeply emotionally attached to certain types of foods because of the memories they give me. There are dishes that remind me of my family. Dishes that remind me of certain times in my life. Dishes that bring me back to different places. Without access to those different tastes and flavors, I feel like I’m missing something.
Excited. Food makes me happy. I look forward to special meals. Not just the occasion, but also the excitement of new tastes in a new place. I’ve never been able to, and never really wanted to, see food only as fuel. It’s so much more than that. We have all of these tastes and flavors available to us, why not take advantage and try them all? When in Brazil, going to the grocery store is one of my favorite things – there are always new fruits and vegetables I’ve never seen before. I want to know what they are, taste them, and understand how to use them!
Black Iron Nutrition is offering a 30 Day Mindful Eating Challenge that includes journal prompts and tasks to help bring more mindfulness to our relationships with food. And I’m in! This post is in response to today’s prompt to keep myself accountable and get the most out of my participation. If you’re interested in joining the free challenge, sign up at Black Iron Nutrition’s website here.