Melbourne-based menopause specialist Dr Khan has kindly let us share her Weight Series. This is the seventh story in the series and is about our relationship with food and self-image.
Are you using food to comfort or nourish? Do you follow a strict diet protocol or restrictive food plan? Is food controlling you?
Do you feel guilty or shameful after eating certain foods? Are you using alcohol or food to numb your feelings, anxiety or fears?
What do you see in the mirror when you look at yourself? What story are you telling yourself about your body? What language do you use? is your inner voice critical?
Here are some ways to change your relationship with food and your body.
- Food journal – what you eat, what time you eat, why you eat, and what your thoughts and feelings are.
2. Mindful eating – avoid distractions such as watching TV while eating. Focus on the flavour, texture and smell of the food. Spend time chewing, slow down, pay attention to the digestive process.
3. Support – there are lots of professionals who help with binge eating, emotional eating, food addictions etc. It’s worth watching the TED talk by Psychiatrist Judson Brewer on changing habits. He also has an app called Eat Right Now, which is a mindful eating program.
4. Practice self compassion – be kind. Speak to yourself as you would speak to a friend about her weight and body image. Change the narrative by changing your inner voice.