Feelings and Food
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Let’s start by talking about feelings and food. As we all have likely experienced, food has the power to influence how we feel, and our feelings have the power to influence how we eat.
While food is connected to times of joy and celebration, it is also tied to sorrow and stress. This becomes a challenge for our eating behaviors when we struggle with mood intolerance. What is mood intolerance? Well, it’s a fancy way of saying we have difficulty experiencing negative emotions, such as disappointment, hurt, fear, and anger, among many.
Instead of experiencing these negative feelings directly, we attempt to avoid them through binge eating, oversnacking, or excessive exercising. However, coping in this way only provides us with short-term relief and reinforces our unhealthy eating habits.
So, what can we do? We can learn to become more aware of what we are doing so that we can change our behaviors – after all, we cannot change something that we aren’t aware of!
Here’s five mindfulness skills to help you become more aware of your eating habits. Try choosing a particular day, time, and meal to practice these mindful eating skills. Remember that as with all new things, it will take time and practice to learn these skills. Be patient and kind to yourself as you approach this task!
What did you notice? What are your thoughts, questions, or concerns? Share them here and let’s help each other become more aware of our feelings so we can improve our habits!
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Let’s start off by saying what we’re all likely thinking – this stay-at-home order is tough, and it is scary! Phew, that felt good.
While we definitely recognize how important and needed the order is, it is changing every aspect of our lives – our routine, our sense of freedom, our connectedness with others, and maybe even our eating habits…
Making health promoting choices is difficult on any given day; and now we have a whole new way of living, perhaps contributing to some difficulty with eating habits.
So, here’s the big question, how do we continue to make healthy choices despite all this change? Here’s a few tips:
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