Everyone has a different relationship with food, and many people don’t have very healthy habits when it comes to eating. They may view food directly with weight which can give them the idea that monitoring what they are eating so closely is a good idea. However, the way you should look at food is viewing it as fuel. Food is fuel for our bodies. If we don’t nourish ourselves in the proper ways, all areas of our health will begin to lack. It’s important to develop healthy relationships with the way we eat so that our recovery as a whole has the ability to thrive.
There Is No Perfect Body
Many people struggle with body image. Women and men all over the world feel “less than” because they aren’t thin enough or fit enough. It’s important to remember, though, that there is no perfect body. Everyone has their own characteristics that make them unique. Pushing the notion that there is a “perfect” or “normal” body is harmful. Before you even begin to think about diet or exercise, you must first come to terms with yourself and who you are. Self-love is important in your recovery from substance use or mental illness. Once you have truly learned to love and accept yourself, you are able to form healthy relationships with food and exercise.
Food Is Fuel
Above all else, food is fuel. The choices you make about what to eat and when to eat are important. It’s also important to make sure you don’t become obsessive about these decisions, though. If you look at food as fuel, you’ll be more likely to look at exercise as a way to keep you healthy, both physically and mentally. Food and exercise shouldn’t be looked at solely as a way to maintain or manipulate weight. This is why it’s important to stop looking at foods at “good” or “bad.” Instead, focus on choosing foods that will fuel your physical and mental health.
A Healthy Relationship
If you are looking at food as fuel, you are already on the right track! A healthy relationship with food is one that is rooted in compassion, not fear. Fear is what aligns us with body image. If we fear we may stray too much from that “perfect” body, we’re too worried about weight and less worried about what’s really important: self-love, compassion, and overall health. A healthy relationship with food means that you are being mindful of everything that you are putting in your body.
If you are struggling with your relationship with food, The Arbor Behavioral Healthcare can help. Call us today if you are looking at making some meaningful changes in your recovery. You can reach us at (844) 413-2690. We can’t wait to speak with you!