5 Habits of People Who Have a Healthy Relationship with Food

5 Habits of People Who Have a Healthy Relationship with Food
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Michelle Fondin

Like many people, I did not have a healthy relationship with food growing up. I was raised with a mother who suffered from poverty consciousness and we were, in fact, living for many years at poverty level. The mentality about food was either feast or famine. When we went to a buffet or gathering where food was present, my mom would literally coach us to fill up while we were there. She would tell us, “Stock up girls!” like we were cattle. I never heard anything about eating food in moderation. My message was, “Eat it or it’s gone forever.”

In my life I’ve met many women who seemed to have complete self-control when it came to food. They didn’t seem to be overly obsessed with eating, the way I felt I was. Their attitude was more nonchalant and their bodies showed this difference. Through observation of these women, and some men, I noticed consistent traits that they all shared. The following five tips will help you gather—or retain—your control over food.

1. Eat Meals at Set Times

People who have a healthy relationship with food eat because it’s necessary, not because it’s there. They enjoy food like the rest of us, but they truly take the time to enjoy it.

I lived in the south of France for several years and most French people are regimented when it comes to mealtime. In fact, if you go to a public place, everything shuts down between noon and 2 p.m. because most everyone is eating. Until recently, French women were among the thinnest in the Western world. One habit I learned from my French mother-in-law was to schedule a snack at the same time every day.

Furthermore, people who adhere to a set meal schedule know that mealtime is for eating and not for other activities.

2. Eat a Little Bit of Everything

If you watch them eat, they are like birds pecking birdseed here and there. They will eat a couple of bites of many different dishes. If you were raised in a feast-or-famine environment, watching them eat can be incredibly annoying. But it works. They will talk, take a bite, enjoy the conversation, and eat another bite. While you’ve devoured your entire plate and the whole breadbasket, they will have eaten five bites and their plate is still full. They don’t refrain from eating. It’s that they eat until satisfied and leave the rest alone.

3. Leave Food on Your Plate

This is a huge issue for many people. You may have been taught to never waste or throw out food. As a result, you become a human garbage disposal. This habit becomes detrimental to your health and your waistline. But those with a healthy food relationship do not hesitate to leave a lot on their plate. They almost seem satisfied with eating their little portion and then offering you the rest. They …read more
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