What three words would you like to be able to use to describe your relationship with food? Write each one down with why it is important to you to achieve that word when it comes to how you feel about food.
Balanced. So often, I struggle to eat “healthy.” Because I’m so hesitant to ever restrict foods, I tend to eat whatever feels good – which isn’t always the best option for my body. I tend to go in phases of eating well and not so well, but it’s hard for the two to overlap. What I’d like is to be able to swing evenly between the two so that I always feel well-nourished, but also satisfied.
Satisfying. Related to wanting my relationship to feel more balanced, I also want to feel satisfied with my diet overall. While I enjoy the flexibility I’ve developed over the years, because I still oscillate so often between “junk” and “healthy” food, I don’t ever feel fully satisfied. Either I feel like I’m not getting enough nutrients, but can’t stop munching on Pop Tarts. Or I’m craving fun, sweet foods because I’ve stocked up on all things unprocessed. In between, I’d like to feel satisfied most of the time.
Loving. To me, cooking is caring. At the very least, cooking for and feeding yourself is an act of self-love. Most of my meals feel rushed and/or distracted. Instead, I would love to be able to take the time to truly focus on what I’m making, what I want, and how I feel after I’ve finished. I want my food to feel healthy, nourishing, satisfying, and like I took the effort to take care of myself.
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.