Having a healthy relationship with food is easier said than done. There are many people that struggle with food on a daily basis. When it comes to addictions and compulsive behavior, things like drugs, alcohol and gambling can be eliminated from one’s immediate life forever, but, as we need food to survive, it is one of the hardest relationships to make peace with, come to terms with and manage.
The time factor
Living and managing issues surrounding food is a journey that many of us will be on for an entire lifetime, because multiple times every day we are forced to face our fears. But what many people don’t realize is that losing weight goes much further than just making the numbers drop on the scale. It is a battle with the mind, the psyche, the soul and the emotions – and that on its own is the most powerful battle of all.
Will power and brain power
But do know that if your brain, fuelled by emotions and other contributing factors can drive you to put on the weight, it is powerful enough to do the opposite if you train your brain to do so. It is not an easy journey by any means, and there will still be days where you feel as if you are losing the battle, and that things are slipping away. But we would not be human if every day was perfect and we didn’t slip up now and again.
Here are some tips on how to control hunger to get you through the hard times:
1. Keep a Food Diary
Don’t just record what you ate; record how you felt when you ate it; are you feeling tired, depressed, anxious or irritable?; did something happen to make you crave the food item of choice; how did you feel afterward and what time of day it was. Yes, it is a bit time-consuming in the beginning, but you will start to pick out the patterns, and it may be a huge reality check to see what you eat and why.