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Andrea Bayles Nutritional Therapist
ND, Dip Nutr, Dip Herb, MBANT, MURHP, MCNHC

What does food mean to you?

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Once we get home many of us can’t wait to switch off and forget about work. I love my job and so sometimes that’s a little difficult, last week I found myself settling in front of the telly to a documentary about ‘slim people’ and the truth about them…

The program looked at two healthy, slim people who snacked and ate large portions and only exercised moderately, but still managed to stay trim.

What I found really interesting was a study within the programme about our relationship with food. It got me thinking about our eating habits and how eating is about much more than stopping a rumbling tummy, there’s a more psychological level that we can learn about and in turn begin to adapt our eating habits for the better.

Now, I want to be clear that I’m not encouraging anyone to pack in exercise and eat whatever they fancy, because we all know that is about as unhealthy as it gets...!

It can be a challenge to stay trim but let’s start with finding out more about our relationship with food, it’s pretty eye opening and you might want to get in touch once you've read the below!

Here’s some examples to get you thinking about your relationship with food.

Comfort Eating – one of the most common things mentioned when we talk about a relationship with food. We eat to feel comfort, whether that’s when we’re sad, angry or want to feel like we’ve had a treat. It’s also known as emotional eating.

Snack Attack – The documentary I mentioned studied the mindset of people who were told a plate of food was a snack, they had to eat standing up. Then a different group were given the same plate of food, told it was a meal and asked to eat at the table. Following the food each group was asked to complete a task, with bowls full of crisps and sweets on the table. The people who had been told their food was a snack continued to munch their way through, whilst those who were told it was a meal didn’t. So, does the language in which we describe food alter the type of food and quantity we eat?

Secret Eaters - The one you probably don’t even realise you’re doing. Do you ever get home and start thinking about what to cook for tea? You get started, chopping, boiling and then maybe having a nibble here and there to keep you going until tea’s ready. Somehow by the time tea is ready you’ve lost your appetite… Be mindful of this next time you get cooking!

Your relationship with food could be the beginning of a whole host of health complaints, from chronic illnesses to digestive issues and imbalances which will affect your energy, mood and weight. 

I am passionate about helping you to get healthy. We have the solutions to all your health concerns. Good nutrition is the key to a balanced and healthy life and we can help you achieve that. Start changing your life now and book in a free consultation with me!

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