Eating can be a sensitive issue for many reasons. Impossible beauty standards make us believe that eating is more a reward rather than a necessity – this is untrue. It’s important to nurture our bodies with healthy eating, rather than to control our weight and physical appearance.
Eating regularly is essential for creating a healthy attitude towards food – it also allows us to recognise and act on feedback that our body gives us about when and how much we need to eat. This is an important step to eating and feeling healthier.
Make sure not to skip meals; this can throw out your natural hunger cycles, and you may feel yourself leaning towards the snacks more than proper meals.
Eating breakfast, lunch and dinner keeps us rejuvenated and energised throughout the day so it’s important to fit these in.
Eating with other people can also be a great way to eat healthier. (It might not work for everyone though). Turning eating into a social activity can help us to eat regularly and celebrate caring for our bodies. You might find you enjoy eating more, when it takes place during social gathering, or just hanging out with the people you love. But again, this might not be for everyone, and if you feel uncomfortable doing it, don’t.
Eating can make us feel guilty. Often, we put rules and restrictions on yourselves that ignore what our body really needs. Below are some resources that will help you get back on track. Remember, self-improvement does not happen overnight; be patient and be proud with the fact you are trying.
A good technique for changing the way you think about food, is practicing mindful eating. Free yourself from other distractions and make gentle observations about the food you are currently eating. Slow down; notice the texture and taste of the food, and how it satisfies your hunger as you eat it. Remove the titles of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ we typically associate with different foods – all food is equal, comes with no moral implications.
Eating ‘bad’ food does not make you a ‘bad’ person, and having this revelation takes away much of the power food can hold over us.
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Eat Like the Animals by Prof. David & Raubenheimer, Prof. Stephen J. Simpson Tapping into nature and the power of protein to tell us what to eat, when to eat, how to stay healthy and live longer.
The Proof is in the Plant by Simon Hill
This books packed with all the facts and advice for anyone curious about feeling and doing better through a plant-focused diet.
Understanding Nutrition by Eleanor Whitney
This book shows you the core principles of nutrition with a focus on Australia and New Zealand. It will give you the knowledge and skills you need to improve the health and wellbeing of others.
What the Health Filmmaker Kip Andersen uncovers the secret to preventing and even reversing chronic diseases, and he investigates why the nation's leading health organizations doesn't want people to know about it.
Vegucated Vegucated is a 2011 American documentary film that explores the challenges of converting to a vegan diet. It follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks.
Filmmaker Stephanie Soechtig and journalist Katie Couric investigate how the American food industry may be responsible for more sickness than previously realized.
The Verywell Mind Podcast with Amy Morin
Join Holly Johnson and Molly Pickering as they rant about vegan news stories, rave about new food launches and respond to your questions on all things plant-based.
The Food Psych Podcast
Christy Harrison, talks with guests about their relationships with food, body image, eating disorders, weight and size acceptance, non-diet nutrition, exercise, self-compassion and self-care--all from a body-positive, perspective.
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