Food is one of the most significant relationships in your life. It begins as a biological necessity and quickly morphs into a relationship that directly correlates to your physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
You can walk away from a toxic person.
You can walk away from drugs.
You can walk away from dangerous situations.
But you cannot completely walk away from food.
You will one day leave the home in which you were born.
You did not always live with your partner.
Your children will leave the nest.
But you needed food the day you were born, and you will need food until your last breath.
Given the above, it’s easy to argue that food is your longest relationship, and it is a relationship you cannot exit– regardless of whether or not it erodes your life.
Five Factors Affecting Your Relationship with Food
As DignityHealth.org points out, there are five factors to consider when discussing your relationship with food:
- “… do you automatically grab a bag of chips when you sit down to watch TV? Do you unthinkingly reach for a second helping even if you aren’t hungry?