Food Psychology

What is this term food psychology? I had a client tell me that they didn’t know that food needed psychiatric help. I laughed as the food isn’t the problem at all. Food is simply something we use to survive. The psychology we invest in food is where the emotional whirlwind begins!

Food psychology opens a lot of doors for our chronic dieters out there. You know who you are and I too was part of the dieter crowd. Turns out….it doesn’t work. All dieting does is create a world of stress, negativity and inner turmoil. It is time to step out of the dieting world and back into life. We deserve to live everyday. Not only do we deserve to live but we deserve to live without that low level chronic stress called diet and exercise.

When did exercise turn into something so negative? It used to be a great way to relieve stress and now it is the cause of it. We eat and eat and eat and can’t understand why we can’t stop and then we jump on the treadmill because fitness magazine said we have to run for 3o minutes to burn off 3 cookies. Exercise is supposed to be fun, is it fun to you?

Food psychology means we look at why we are eating. When do we overeat? When do we binge eat? Why is it happening? What are we feeling, thinking doing? Nine times out of ten the answers to those questions stop the overeating altogether. Why do we exercise? Do we do it because we have to? Is it punishing or nurturing? If we are exercising to punish ourselves for what we ate or because we think we have to to lose weight we have stripped all the most beautiful qualities from it. This is what I did, eating was binging and exercising was purging, some sort of exercise bulimia.

My challenge to you is to be aware. Be present when you eat and exercise. Assess why you are doing either one and whether it is a positive or negative experience. Question your motives for eating something or going to the gym. We don’t eat and move to lose weight, we eat and move to live a happy, healthy life. Somehow that gets lost in our minds. Only exercise when you want to and make sure they are movements that you enjoy and do them simply because of that. Eat for pleasure and nourishment and savor every bite.

Now food doesn’t need psychiatric help and you won’t either. You can be your own source of grounding as soon as you step into life and live in full awareness. When you are aware you are living.

I would love to hear your stories regarding diet and exercise!

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About The Author

Michelle Hastie

Michelle Hastie Thompson is a recovered binge eater who turned her binge eating around and even got featured in Shape Magazine helping a woman lose weight in “My Weight Loss Diaries". She helps women end the battle of binge and overeating, fall in love with movement, and finally lose the weight permanently. A veteran weight loss coach for almost ten years, she is a Ph.D. student in Health Psychology and has three published books, the most recent titled, "Have Your Cake and Be Happy Too: A Joyful Approach to Weight Loss”.