The primary reason people go on a diet is to manage their weight. Watching what you eat, and how much you eat are an important part of it. A lot of people start off determinedly and resolve to lose weight in a stipulated time frame. But somewhere along the way, for some reason, the diet goes for a toss, and most are back to eating what they should ideally avoid, and realize they are not losing the desired weight. It’s when they start feeling guilty about not following a healthy diet plan, that they are back to following it again. This cycle usually goes on. The trick lies in eating whatever you want, albeit in smaller quantities, without being washed over by guilt. How do you do that? Let us see in detail.
Developing a Healthy Relationship with Food As Adults
With so much emphasis being laid on healthy and unhealthy foods, it truly becomes difficult to base our choices on what we should eat, how much we should eat, and when we should eat it. A common misconception is that following a diet means eating only healthy foods, which are usually bland and tasteless. When we realize that eating a favorite food of ours will make us gain weight, we either ignore it completely, or ignore the diet, and gorge on it. Both extremes are wrong. To enjoy what we eat, without feeling guilty, and without it affecting our weight, is the main step towards developing a healthy understanding about the type of food we eat.
Start by changing your mindset towards food. It cannot and will not happen overnight. Overweight people, many a time, perceive food as their biggest enemy, which is wrong. We are humans, and we need food to survive. We must realize that we should eat food because our body requires it, and not turn to it in times of stress, trying to satisfy emotional hunger. Try to follow these simple tips which will help you enjoy what you eat, without feeling guilty in the process.
Get to Know What You Eat
Try to get your hands on the nutritional content of the food you are about to eat. It’s not just how many calories the food has, but look for elements like protein, fiber, carbohydrates, vitamins, etc. If a certain food is high in fat, try to substitute it with something else, or cut back on the serving size. You can also experiment with different, nutritious recipes, which will ensure that your everyday meals do not get boring, and at the same time, you are eating healthy. Spend some more time in the supermarket, and get home healthier food than what you usually buy.
Helping Children Develop a Healthy Relationship with Food
Teaching your children healthy food habits will go a long way and be very useful to them as adults. This is especially true in today’s ever-changing world, where we are so busy, and have little time to pay attention to what we eat.
Mealtimes should be Regulated
Make it a point to sit down together as a family to have your meal, at least once a day. Stay away from cell phones and watching TV while you eat. Engage your child in different topics, ask him about his daily routine. Make mealtimes fun, so children look forward to it.
Involve Your Children during Meal Preparation
Take them with you when you visit the supermarket, and ask them to help you choose food that is healthy. Let them select a different color of fruits and vegetables every day, this adds to the variety. When you cook, ask them to help you in the kitchen, and ask for their opinions on how to cook a particular dish. They may not have an answer to that, but they will feel involved and be a little more interested in eating what is prepared, since they have helped you out.