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What Does A Healthy Relationship With Food Look Like?

Summer holidays have arrived and even if you’re not going away it can be a time when normal routines, habits, and good intentions get disrupted. Particularly around food as warmer weather and social events might introduce different choices to navigate. Ice creams and BBQs anyone?

This is a reminder that eating foods just because you enjoy them is totally okay and part of a normal healthy diet. Feeling restricted around certain foods or that you have to resist or feel tempted to binge is more of a concern. Food is food, we need to eat and what to eat should ideally not be a source of anxiety. Here are some thoughts to keep in mind:

  • eat when hungry, stop when full

  • allow yourself to eat food that you enjoy

  • try not to label foods as 'good' or 'bad'

  • aim to eat mainly whole, minimally processed foods

  • food should be physically and emotionally satisfying

  • there's no need to feel guilt, or shame, or punish yourself for the foods you eat

  • be flexible, this is an ongoing practice not a prescription

  • have a way to manage stress that doesn't involve food or alcohol

Remember that ‘good enough’ is actually good enough even if ‘could do better’ is in there as well. There’s no such thing as ‘perfect'. Eat what makes you happy!

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