The foods you eat can be directly connected with your emotions. Macaroni and cheese may remind you of happy childhood memories, cookies can feel like a kind gesture from a loved one or ice cream may be associated with getting over a break up. Some people have real emotional attachments to certain foods and feel like they could never give them up or even limit themselves.
Question your relationship with food by being mindful about how certain foods make you feel. What are you experiencing when you crave them and what were you feeling when the urge to eat came on? Remove the power that certain foods have over you by:
- Eating more foods that are good for you and be mindful of how your body feels after.
- If you fall back on unconscious eating habits, don’t despair, start anew.
- Transform your patterns one goal at a time. If you have several foods that you can’t imagine living without, challenge yourself to go without them for just one week.
“Let's not forget that the little emotions are THe great captains of our lives and we obey them without realizing it.” Vincent Van Gogh, 1889