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Untangling the Yarn: How to Heal Your Relationship with Food


Colorful yarn with knitting needles

Have you ever felt like your relationship with food is a tangled mess? The more you struggle, the worse it gets.


Many of us have a complicated relationship with food. It can be a source of comfort and joy, but also a trigger for overeating and guilt. Instead of focusing on restrictive diets and willpower, what if we explored the root of our eating habits?


From Battleground to Self-Discovery


For many, food becomes a frenemy: a source of comfort but also a control mechanism. We use food to cope with stress, boredom, or negative emotions. The first step to changing this is awareness.


  • How do you describe your relationship with food?

  • What thoughts and emotions come up when you think about food?

  • What language do you use to talk about food?


Taking a deep dive into these questions can be eye-opening.


Understanding Your Triggers


I used to see food as the enemy, something to be restricted. This approach only led to frustration and overeating. My anger and frustration masked a deeper truth: I used food for comfort. It was a love-hate relationship that kept me stuck in a cycle.


Understanding this reliance on food for comfort was a game-changer. It allowed me to see my eating habits as a coping mechanism, not a personal flaw. This shift in perspective replaced negativity with self-compassion, a key ingredient in untangling your relationship with food.


Rewriting Your Food Story


Just being aware of how I used food helped to shift the tide. I realized I had assigned multiple meanings and roles to food. That meant I could change them!


Instead of seeing food as a friend or enemy, I started to view it as fuel for my body. This neutral perspective allowed me to pause and decide what role I wanted food to play in my life.


Taking Back Your Power


The good news is, your relationship with food isn't set in stone! By paying attention to your thoughts, feelings, and the language you use around food, you can gain valuable awareness. This awareness is the key to rewriting your food story.


As you start to recognize your patterns, you'll be able to catch yourself in the moment and make more mindful choices. The tangled ball of yarn unravels not with force, but with patience and awareness. The same goes for your relationship with food.


Building a Healthier Relationship


Even if you have setbacks, don't fall into the trap of shame. We all have moments where autopilot takes over. Instead, use it as a learning opportunity. Reflect on what happened, practice self-compassion, and get back on track with your mindful eating journey.


Remember, progress isn't always linear. By staying curious and aware, you can build a healthier and more balanced relationship with food over time.

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