Updated: Nov 14, 2019
Creating a Better Relationship with Food
Putting aside; counting calories, macros, following plans, new diets and fads, we feel the thing that needs to come first is creating a better relationship with food.
This comes down to understanding:
- Why we eat the way we eat
- Why we pick certain foods when we are stressed or hungry (instead of picking nutritious food over easy options)
Mindset is the number one pillar of health here at the Tribe, ahead of Nutrition, Training and
Recovery as it all comes down to our habits and the way we view what we do on a daily.
We are going to break down our Mindset / Nutrition Tips into 5 Main Things we feel people will benefit the most from doing.
If you are doing these 5, awesome! Maybe you aren’t where you are at yet, but understand you are ahead of 90% of people out there trying to battle with diet after diet and never succeeding.
If you’re not doing these 5, please take the time to step back and take on board these things! Maybe it’s not the fact that you haven’t found the right meal plan or diet yet, maybe it’s the fact that you are looking at it from an unhelpful perspective.
1: Is it Easy and Attainable?
Doing something that is as simple as possible will make the process so much easier and more attainable.
If you had to drive 2 hours’ to work and 2 hour’s back, it would get to a point where it would be too hard and not sustainable.
You would do one of two things:
(1) Leave the job and say it wasn’t sustainable (Like your recent diet it was probably too hard and to challenging to keep up long term)
(2) Make it easier for yourself by moving closer (Like with nutrition, we’ve found prepping meals for the week ahead is one of the easiest things you can do, better yet if you can, buy pre made meals)
Take the guess work out and the time to make every meal from scratch, you could be wasting up to 2 - 3 hours a day making your meals, which is time you could be using on more important things.
If you are already time poor, making your meals from scratch every time won’t end up happening and you will reach for whatever is convenient.
If you can’t give one and a half hours a week to prepping meals, then you are making too many excuses and it comes back to what you are prioritising. Failing to prepare is preparing for failure.
2: Choose Foods you Enjoy Eating
Picking foods you enjoy eating will in return mean it will be something you stick to long term.
When we sit down with our nutrition clients, we ask them their top 5 protein, carbohydrate/fruit, fat and veggie and sources. From the list we will choose or substitute for something as close to what they are currently eating as part of their food plan.
If steak or mince was in their top 5 and chicken wasn’t and we put that in their plan, how long will they last eating something they don’t like? Not very long...
Picking foods you enjoy will then mean it will make the plan easy to stick to.
Give it a try, it’s a lot easier than you think.
3: It’s an Everyday Thing
Food is to put it simply: something we need to survive. The food we eat is what gives us energy to be able to take on the tasks for the day.
When you have an off day or a day that doesn’t go to plan, cool, don’t write the rest of your goals off and go yolo.
Make better choices the next day and continue on the journey, as onee day or moment in time doesn’t set you up for failure. What sets you up for failure is quiting.
4: Become Self-Aware
This is one of the most important parts of the process and the most under valued.
Becoming self-aware of what foods agree with you and don’t, will mean you understand on a deeper leve how your body works.
Also, questioning when your craving junk food, something deep fried or filled with sugar, whether you are craving it because you have deprived your body from other things or maybe you’re hungry because you haven’t eaten all day? or your stressed and the only way to cope is to eat.
When you can ask these questions and look at the bigger picture rather than just going for what’s easiest, it will prevent you for going through drive through.
Just like you, we must make sure we are full before going food shopping, because we know if we are starving we are probably going to grab something in the moment that may not be what our body actually wants.
Or, if weve had a long evening of work, we will start craving something high in carb and fat, the only thing that will stop us from having this is asking those quick small questions.
We had a client say that oats make her bloated, however weet-bix feels fine and gives her better energy. This wouldn’t be our first choice of carbohydrate but since she made this change and she’s having better energy and is no longer bloated before training and getting results then this is what works for her as an individual.
Take each day as it comes and become more self-aware.
5: Choose Better Language
This one is along the lines of how we speak about food, for example: giving food the label of good or bad and labelling a meal a 'cheat meal'. Food is food! How we label it will give us an emotional attachment.
If you track your results, you come up to your fortnightly or monthly checking and the first thing you think is it's going to be bad. Why is this? Is it because you labelled food to be bad or shit and you may have had a few of those meals then in turn it makes you feel this way?
This is going to reflect on your mood, your motivation and what you do next.
Don’t let what you label food define how you feel. Move on.
How about when we choose food as a reward? Perhaps you get good results and reward yourself with food, or your results aren't moving in the direction you wish therefore you soothe your emotions with food.
If we don’t label food then we won’t give in to letting food have power over us and make us feel a certain way.
We hope reading this has helped in some way.
here are soo many things we can do to help change our relationship with food, all it takes is keeping it simple and changing small one thing at a time,