How to Build A Healthy Relationship With Food


A Healthy Relationship With Food

I tell my clients and boot camp members all the time that getting in shape is 20% exercise and 80% in the kitchen. It starts with your relationship with food, a commitment to yourself and your body.

The rule of thumb is to “eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper”. You can exercise all you want but if you are not putting the right things in your body, then all your hard work and exercise is for nothong. Eating right is always a decision, making smart choices will determine if you will meet your fitness goals. Studies have shown that we rationalize, justify and at the same time apply emotional attachments to food. The first step is to break up with foods that don’t add quality or longevity to your life, foods that only make you happy for a short period then leave you miserable in the long run.

My personal relationship with food over the years hasn’t always been great though it has gotten better; it took some time and has always been a constant battle. I decided that I would eat as much as I wanted but just make sure I eat healthy foods. We are wired as comfort eaters that is why we eat to be full. So why not fill up on healthy foods. Just like relationships evolve with time we need to know what foods go with our body compositions, like our DNA, no two body compositions are alike, some people process certain foods better than others.

I know you’ve heard some people say that they only need to look at food and they gain weight, that is why you need to be cautious and be smart about what you eat. When you are younger your metabolism is higher and your burn more energy, and as we get older it slows down 10% every year after the age of 30 or so, that’s why you have to eat your age, sorta speak. Have more color on your plate and try to put out the same amount of energy by being as active as possible, this will give you balance hence what we call a balanced diet.

A healthy relationship with food strengthens your immune system, slows down ageing and keeps your body fat in check. Now that’s a relationship I’d want to have long term.


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