Do you associate winter with comfort eating and hibernation? I know how tempting it can be to eat pasta on the couch every chilly night, but when spring arrives you’re always annoyed at yourself for not keeping up a healthy food and exercise routine.
To help break this cycle, here are 10 tips to reset your relationship with food this winter.
Avoid seeking comfort and warmth through food
When the temperature drops most of us look to food for comfort and warmth. This can lead to indigestion, weight gain and associated health problems. Instead of relying on food for warmth, try alternatives such as cardio exercise, or sipping your favourite herbal tea in the sun.
Don’t deprive yourself
A healthy relationship with food is all about balance. You should be able to enjoy an occasional treat without feeling guilty. Denying yourself joy because you think you don’t deserve a certain food is counterintuitive and will lead to unhealthy habits. Let go of guilt around food and allow your body and soul a break from routine every now and then.
Keep a food diary
A great way to get in tune with your body and learn what it needs is by keeping a food diary. This way you can look back to see what you were eating when you felt a dip in energy, craved certain foods or, on the flip side, felt satisfied and energised.
Focus on nutrients, not calories
Having a healthy relationship with food means food isn’t a source of stress. Counting calories is a fast track way to create food-related stress. Shift the focus from calories to nutrients and think about what nutritional benefits the food offers.