Psychology of Healthy Eating

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Psychology of Healthy Eating

  1. 1. www.helpingpsychology.com Psychology of Healthy Eating
  2. 2. www.helpingpsychology.com The first step towards achieving a healthy diet is to consider the relationship you have with food. If you use food for comfort or to satisfy an addiction, your relationship with food is unhealthy at best. http://www.ayushveda.com/mens-magazine/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/heart-disease-diet1.gif
  3. 3. www.helpingpsychology.com It might be necessary to practice a few simple psychology techniques to help replace less healthy habits. Because food choices are frequently subject to social and emotional factors, it makes sense to use these same factors when learning how to eat better. http://www.the-parenting-magazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/free-virtual-worlds2.jpg
  4. 4. www.helpingpsychology.com Emotional Attachment The psychology of food and emotional attachment is commonly experienced as a negative emotion coupled with an unhealthy food. http://www.healthspablog.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/healthy-eating-habits-for-children-age-5-101.jogs
  5. 5. www.helpingpsychology.com It is possible to use awareness to create a new coupling of a positive emotion with a healthy food. For example, try to associate eating a healthy food with a positive emotion such as confidence. The healthier you eat, the better you will feel, thus giving you greater confidence. http://cooking724.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/kfo094.jpg
  6. 6. www.helpingpsychology.com Friends <ul><li>The same principle applies when experiencing food with friends. </li></ul><ul><li>This is a good area to exercise healthy boundaries, because the </li></ul><ul><li>people you eat with have a lot of influence over what you eat. </li></ul><ul><li>It is important to eat with people who have healthier habits. </li></ul>http://heartofthematteronline.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/friends-eating-chocolate.jpg
  7. 7. www.helpingpsychology.com Also, eating alone in front of a computer or television makes it harder to keep track of how much you ingested. So gather a group of friends or family and go for a meal at a restaurant that offers a low-calorie menu. http://www.visualphotos.com/photo/2x2716720/man_eating_while_working_on_his_computer_42-16588280.jpg
  8. 8. www.helpingpsychology.com Memories <ul><li>Like any other food-related psychology, the things that you </li></ul><ul><li>liked to eat in the past, or as a child, tend to influence your </li></ul><ul><li>present eating behaviors </li></ul><ul><li>By practicing experiencing food in the present moment, the </li></ul><ul><li>memories of past likes and dislikes are replaced with the reality </li></ul><ul><li>of the present moment. </li></ul><ul><li>This gets the mind out of the past-tense. </li></ul>http://a.abcnews.com/images/OnCampus/nm_school_cafeteria_090813_mn.jpg
  9. 9. www.helpingpsychology.com Focus on eating more nutritious foods as an adult in order to maintain a healthier body throughout life. http://www.imhealthylife.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Diet-or-Exercise.jpg
  10. 10. www.helpingpsychology.com Malnutrition <ul><li>Many people take food for granted and do not realize how </li></ul><ul><li>much nutritional value has been depleted in packaged and </li></ul><ul><li>processed foods. </li></ul><ul><li>It is certainly worth taking the time to find foods that have </li></ul><ul><li>everything the body could possibly need, from certain vitamins </li></ul><ul><li>to less processed ingredients. </li></ul>http://www.faqs.org/photo-dict/photofiles/list/2483/3260healthy_food.jpg
  11. 11. www.helpingpsychology.com If you find that your cravings decrease after eating better foods for a solid month, chances are good that your food cravings were caused by an undernourished body. http://guaranteedinstantweightloss.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/1301727633-84.jpg
  12. 12. www.helpingpsychology.com In general, the psychology of eating habits has very little to do with actual hunger. The source of the problem might be located in any number of areas. http://obed-office.com/media/userfiles/office_lunch.jpg
  13. 13. www.helpingpsychology.com The important thing is to find a way–through meditation, observation or some other creative method–to identify the origin of the problem. Remember, you don’t need to achieve perfection, so giving yourself a mental complex isn’t the answer. Just make changes to your diet over time, and try to find out what may be causing your unhealthy attitude towards food.
  14. 14. www.argosy.edu www.HelpingPsychology.com Helping Psychology Is Sponsored By

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