The current moment seems to be building new foundations that support a contemporary food discipline. This new discipline, if we can call it that, transposes the full denial of eating, present in traditional diets, to an attempt to affirm the diet. However, this pleasure in eating revealed and promised by the programs involves in its rules and disciplinary rules a permissiveness and a rationalization of this pleasure at the same time that it seeks to move it to another field: the pleasure of being thin, which is more relevant than the ephemeral pleasure of eating. This possible rupture is also marked by some permanences. Although there is a diversity of options for ways of eating, lipophobia and calorifobia remain the core of the strategies.
Nutrition re-education also has the characteristic of being a strategy proposed for all requirements and not for specific groups, although looking for their individualities. Everyone, adults and children, women and men, rich and poor, are being summoned to this task of slimming their bodies, building, among other things, new eating patterns. These messages are increasingly present in our lives, so that, although some have had a supposed freedom of choice, it is very difficult to be immune to this proposition.
The best way to ensure good shape and health is not from diets, but from adopting good habits, this is not just limited to the selection of better ingredients, but also to chew correctly and establish times for meals, continuing the practices until they become habits.
Studies in the area of human nutrition show that a nutritionally balanced individual is less likely to develop mental and physical illnesses.
The replacement of nutrients, as well as the use of diets rich in substances such as vitamins, antioxidants, trace elements, minerals, micro and macro nutrients, which actively participate and control all chemical reactions in the body, are essential for the maintenance of life and health.
Changing eating habits can serve to reduce appetite, speed up metabolism, eliminate harmful foods, reduce caloric intake, accompany some restriction linked to diseases, increase energy to perform specific exercises, among others.
How to change eating habits?
Although there are several forms of dietary reeducation, some habits during eating are indicated to improve the health of everyone, such as:
Eat slowly, resting between portions
Drink plenty of water during the day, at least two liters a day
Avoid drinking liquids with food
Dine in peaceful surroundings without distractions
Eliminate processed foods with unknown ingredients
Make it a habit to cook at home to gain more awareness of food
Combining healthy eating with other practices for quality of life and well-being
The power of healthy eating for the body and mind
Lack of sleep is related to many serious illnesses that include weight gain and obesity. Lack of sleep increases the risk of obesity by 55% and the risk of childhood obesity by 89%.
Both lack of sleep and stress increase the appetite for sweet and salty foods. This is related to the elevated cortisol levels that deplete glucose stores and cause cravings.
You may be following the best weight loss diet in the world, but if you are extremely anxious, the power your mind wields will limit your body’s ability to eliminate calories.
Just as stress and other diseases have a significant effect on health and weight, healthy eating also directly influences the functioning of the mind and body. More and more people have early illnesses, such as diabetes, obesity and depression. Introducing new eating habits serves to minimize these symptoms and consequences.
Stress vs. eating disorders
Stress can make you fat, hamper your digestion, generate compulsive disorders, among others. Likewise, feeling more relaxed and feeling good about yourself helps you lose weight. It also helps to be aware of the food we eat, not to overdo it and eat more slowly, enjoying each piece.
In most cases, poor eating habits are associated with mental conditions and disorders, which generate harmful eating behaviors to compensate for other discomfort. Each individual, in particular, is subject to genetic factors in choosing the type and amount of food to consume. When our system is out of balance, there is the possibility of triggering some eating disorders, such as anorexia, bulimia, vigorexia and obesity.
Psychology and food
Everything we eat on a daily basis directly reflects in our life. From physical aspects to emotional and behavioral issues. It is very common to look for food that fills the void.
People with emotional problems often seek food to feel better. This is because many of them contain tryptophan, an amino acid that causes the release of serotonin. Low levels of serotonin are associated with depression and obsession.
The lack of serotonin causes different negative effects on the body, such as anguish, sadness or irritability. When the body does not produce tryptophan, we do it through diet. Therefore, tryptophan-rich foods act as natural antidepressants.
The role of psychological counseling
When we combine cognitive behavioral therapy with restructuring food, it is possible to understand and modify the person’s pattern of thoughts and beliefs about their own food. The way in which each individual interprets his experience and thoughts influences emotional response and behavior. This culminates in bad habits, addictions and excessive hunger.
Food therapy is psychotherapy that focuses on dysfunctional eating behavior. It can be useful in cases that aim to lose weight. In addition, cases of eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating. These are characterized by a serious disturbance of eating behavior and that brings several damages to health.
We are human beings and we bring our emotions and feelings to the table, this is inevitable. There is nothing wrong with enjoying eating. The more we include a well-balanced nutritional profile that includes relaxation, pleasure and slower eating, the more we will be able to nourish ourselves at all levels. Combining a healthy and balanced diet with the practice of physical exercise, self-esteem work, good nights of sleep and a good quality of life in general is the best way to a satisfying life.