Eat to fuel your body, not your emotions.

Samantha Jenkins

3 tips to building a healthy relationship with food.

I’m sure you already know the importance of eating a healthy diet but how many people know exactly what that looks like?
Contrary to popular belief, there is no ‘one diet fits all’ way of eating.
Good nutrition involves so much more than just the food we put in our mouths or the calories we can count on our plate, it’s about understanding the relationship we share with food and how it can impact on our health and happiness.
When we can see food as a friend and an ally, eating well and
nourishing our bodies can become an effortless task.

Let me tell you how…

1. Forget the diet hype and eat balanced.
Did you know 95% of people that start a diet not only gain the weight back they originally lost but often gain more than they originally lost?
Dieting is a slippery slope into the destructive cycle of deprivation and over-indulgence.
If you truly want to heal your body, protect it from disease and keep it functioning at its best, then there really is no substitute for real, whole, natural foods.
If 90% of your diet doesn’t come from a packet, then you’re on the right track!
2. Eat Mindfully
Emotional eating is turning to food for comfort, stress relief or as a reward rather than to satisfy hunger. Mindful eating is a practice you can use to increase awareness of your eating habits and to create space between your triggers and your actions.
This involves asking yourself a few important questions before giving into your next craving!
• “Am I actually hungry?”
• “What emotions am I feeling right now?”
• “Is this food going to make me feel better in the long run?”
3. Listen to your body
Listening to your body involves recognizing it for the incredibly intelligent machine that it is and trusting that it knows what is best for you.
Our physical sensations will always alert us if we are under or over-fed and eating slowly is a great way to allow time for your body to register if it is satisfied or not.

All you need to do is tune-in and listen.