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How to Reset your Relationship with Food: 6 Key Ways

Updated: Feb 27, 2022

Written by: Serena Benali, Registered Dietitian

One of the most powerful ways to reset your relationship with food is with a change in perspective. These 6 ways to reset your relationship with food are 6 keys and opportunities to see things in a different light… a change in perspective can change everything, it can inspire a new way of doing things, a new trajectory, and a new relationship with food.

Here are the 6 key ways to reset your relationship with food.

1. Stop Dieting

Dieting, restricting foods, skipping meals, cutting out food groups are all part of the problem so they can’t be part of the solution. These behaviours often initiate a dysfunctional and distorted relationship with food. Unfortunately, behaviours like this are so rampant in our diet culture that we are often blind to their true impact on wellbeing and mental health.

⇒ Strategy: Stop dieting. Reflect on what behaviours you have participated in and how they have impacted your relationship with food, make a list. Then ask yourself if you really want to continue with these behaviours or if you’re ready for an easier way… a way that doesn’t include food rules, skipping meals or obsessing over food.

2. Connect with the Pleasure of the Eating Experience.

Eating is a pleasurable experience. However, we often miss out on truly experiencing this pleasure because we are disconnected from the eating experience. We’re in our heads, on our phones, multi-tasking and then before we know it the food is gone. When you become present with your food choices you are better able to receive the pleasure from the eating experience and make the right food choices for yourself. As Evelyn Tribole, Registered Dietitian and intuitive eating co-founder says “If you don’t love it, don’t eat it, and if you love it, savour it.”

⇒ Strategy: Be present with your food choices and receive the pleasure from the eating experience!

3. Understand Why you Eat Besides Hunger

Why you eat when you’re not hungry is a complex question. To start, we often let our inner world of emotions dictate when and how much we eat or the habits we’ve formed around food. If we give ourselves the opportunity to pause before we eat, we can begin to understand what drives us to food and why we are eating.