Do you often find that you’re planning your next meal when you haven’t finished the one you’re eating?
Do you wake up in the morning feeling anxious about what you should or shouldn’t eat that day?
Or do you simply want to be free from thoughts about food to carry on with your day?
If the answer is yes to any of the above questions, then you are in the right place. This month we share our top 3 tips to help you break free from constantly thinking about food, so you can go about your day and find joy in eating without feeling anxious, guilty or confused.
- Make sure you are eating enough
Following a restrictive diet can increase food cravings, particularly if your body isn’t getting what it needs to function at its optimal level.
Very often an increase in food cravings is directly linked to thinking more about food, some thoughts might be ‘after lunch I’ll need to have something sweet or I’ll feel tired’ or ‘I still feel hungry so I’ll have a couple of biscuits now and eat abit less for dinner’.
To help stop these thoughts, have a look at your diet to see if you’re eating enough to match your daily lifestyle. In particular, check that you are getting enough protein in at meal times, to help you feel satisfied and to reduce the chance of energy dips throughout the day.
Once your body feels that it is getting enough to function at its best, chances are your cravings will reduce and you’ll be much more likely to eat a meal, feel satisfied and not notice thoughts about food until you begin to feel hungry again.
- Find what works for you
We are all so different when it comes to what kind of diet works best for us. We have different energy requirements, different food likes and dislikes, intolerances, eating habits and beliefs about food. Finding what works best for you is a great way to be able to let go of the ‘should and shouldn’t mentally’ around food. Once you find what works best, you can be confident in eating in a way that suits your body, which can help reduce thoughts around why diets work better for someone else or not knowing what you should eat to lose weight.
There are a number of things you can do to find what works best for you.
- Energy levels. If you find you lack energy most of the time, then it’s time to look at your diet and lifestyle to address what might be causing these dips.
- Experiment. This can be done through your own research, although we would advise you to do this with support of a qualified Nutritional Therapist. An example might be to change 1 or 2 things, such as increasing your water intake, removing dairy from your diet, or aiming to cover half of your dinner plate with leafy greens. Try this for 4 – 6 weeks and monitor how you feel and if you feel your body is responding well then keep going, if you don’t notice any chances, then explore something else. By doing this you are practicing listening to your body and finding what works best for you.
- DNA testing. Our genes also play a huge part in finding out works best for you and your body. It can help you understand what diet, exercise and lifestyle choices are best suited to you on a genetic level. If you would like more information about our DNA programme, then do get in touch.
- Sunday – Prep day
Thoughts about food are very natural and very much needed when it comes to planning your meals. The challenge can come when thoughts about food begin to creep into your day and interrupt what you are doing. If you find you are always planning your next meal when you haven’t finished the one that you’re eating yet, then allocating a day to plan and prepare your meals for the week can really help.
Sunday is often a good day to do this, spend some time writing out what you plan to eat for the following week and head out to the supermarket. If you have time you could even chop your vegetables and pop them in the freezer to save time in the week.
I hope you have found this helpful, we’ll look forward to catching up with you again next month :).
To your health and happiness,
Áine & Sarah x