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Feed Yourself Life  -  Tips for Eating with Intention

Feed Yourself Life - Tips for Eating with Intention

  • Barb
  • Mar 17 2018

Feed Yourself Life  -  Tips for Eating with Intention

By: Naomi Hesse

How is it that food and eating have become such a prevalent source of unhappiness? And why has it occurred in an age with an abundance of food? The fundamental reason for our imbalance with food and eating is that we've forgotten how to be mindful as we eat; we eat based on cravings rather than intention.

Most people have a general sense of what healthy foods is, but they’re not eating them. It’s really about what’s on your mind when you’re eating: how you show up and how you relate to food dictates how that food tastes. We have to remember that with every meal we eat, we are either choosing to nourish our body or we are likely harming it. In order to be living the best life, the food we eat needs to sustain and perpetuate that lifestyle.

In a world of online posts and blogs, there are so many opinions being thrown at us; opinions about the latest and greatest finds in what you should eat and the way that will change your life. With the overload of opinions, it becomes incredibly hard to sort through what will make a difference for you. However, at the root of the matter is the motivation. Keeping a good habit is all about consistency because it is not always easy.

Studies have shown that a lack of motivation in keeping up with lifestyle changes is often tied to three primary issues: 

  1. Boredom
  2. Broken design
  3. Disconnecting from the “why” that makes the change truly important

To address boredom, some professionals have suggested switching things up with different recipes, a new form of exercise, or introducing a creative outlet to help manage stress.

Then, it is important to reassess what you are trying to achieve and walk through the logistics given the new information. Get really-real with yourself, and start experimenting! Use trial and error to allow yourself grace as you figure out the next thing that will work for you.

It’s equally important to tap into your “why” as well, that’s what helps a lifestyle change to become solidified as a part of your identity. Here’s an example you can apply to your own circumstances.

  • Why do you want to lose weight? Because you want to feel better.
  • Why? Because you want to feel more confident in your body.
  • Why? Because you want to know you are taking care of yourself and making choices that align with who you are and what you want to do with your life.
  • Why? Because you intend to travel/play with your family/change the world/for as long as possible.

This is where you’re getting somewhere! Keep asking yourself "why" until you get to the response that really lights a fire. This is what you need to remind yourself of, return to, and ground your behavior change in.