Have you ever had one of those moments where you find yourself standing in front of the refrigerator with the door open, and nothing sounds good to you? Chances are you aren't hungry. So why are you there?
The main purpose for food is nourishment, but many of us use it for other things, particularly as a reward or to calm emotions. Our population has developed an unhealthy relationship with food. So what if you want to change your relationship?
One trick is to be more thoughtful about making food choices. I recommend that you put a magnet or note on the door of your refrigerator that says something like, “Why are you here?” Then, before you take anything out, ask yourself these questions:
- Am I hungry?
- How am I feeling right now? (bored, anxious, nervous)
- What does my body really need? (energy, relaxation, distraction)
Then take a minute to choose your “best” solution. If you are hungry, then eat. If it is about something else, then consider an alternative. For example, if you need energy, then take the dog for a quick walk. If you need a distraction, then do the dishes, or set a timer and spend 15 minutes cleaning out a kitchen drawer. Simple awareness can help you create a healthier relationship with food – and yourself!