So many of us today associate food with being good and bad. Why?
When we are kids, most of us have been raised to believe that if we are a “good" boy or girl, we will be rewarded with ice cream, chocolate, donuts, potato chips and other ‘Bad food’ (just to name a few).
Ironically, if we are “bad” we are punished and refused this “bad” food. When we LABEL food as either "good" or “bad” we LABEL ourselves as "good" or “bad”, We punish ourselves by binge eating, dieting, starving ourselves or feeling confused about our body.
Years of this conditioning, has lead us to develop a warped perception of ourselves, losing connection to our bodies and the meaning of why we eat. Our poor food choices and eating habits have lead us to compare, judge and even hate our bodies.
The truth is, our bodies and food are neutral . Our relationship with food will not change until our relationship with ourself does.
It doesn’t matter if you were raised to think food was good or bad. Most of us either aren’t entirely happy in our bodies and are struggling with our relationship with food.
Whatever is going on with us on a mental and emotional level is going to be reflected back to us through our eating habits. And whatever controlled eating routine you have will inevitably effect your mental and emotional wellbeing.
Whether it’s feeling disconnected, anxious, frustrated or depressed, MOST of us use food as a reward or punishment system.
The best part about the conditioning we have is just that. It’s Conditioning. Which means we can unlearn and retrain ourselves to see food as neutral and nourishing and honour our bodies again.The more we can share our experiences , the more we can normalise this and bring ourselves back into our bodies & be the healthiest versions of ourselves.
Clancy McWaters, Mindset & Movement Coach