Has it ever crossed your mind or is it always on your mind? Maybe lockdown has changed how you now eat…working from home, changing shift patterns, furloughed, redundancy?
Eating is one of our most basic needs, it fuels, nurtures, restores and for many of us, it brings huge pleasure and rightly so.
However, for some food can be a crutch or beating stick for emotional turbulence through to a seriously life threatening experience, impacting on emotional and physical wellbeing and greatly narrowing the capacity to live a fulfilling life.
Largely, our food relationships develop during childhood, however many things alter this from lifestyle, hormones, health-mental and physical, plus our tastes often change i.e. we may develop a taste for saltier rather than sweet or vice versa.
Alongside taste, we all have an ability to recognise appropriate intake for our bodies function…so this may be where things get trickier as life can impact our natural ability to understand or attune to our body’s simple needs.
Studies show that the growing volume of diets and health food information often cause overwhelm, confusion and generate food relationship and body image anxieties. The ‘quick fix’ diets sit along the fast pace of living that we have grown accustom to or the ‘have it now’ lifestyle.
On average a UK woman spends £25k on dieting, attempts around 126 diets and uses approx. 3-6 years of time focussed on dieting, in their lifetime.