How to manage your relationship with food whilst at home

With everyone staying indoors, feeling more anxious for their futures/health and worried about the state of the world - many people's relationship with food (and perhaps alcohol too) is really coming under the spotlight. Some reasons why an individual’s relationship with food may be more of an issue right now include:

1. With heightened anxiety/stress many people may notice that they are prone to emotional eating more frequently.

2. Having to stay indoors could make food harder to resist - people may find themselves wandering to be fridge and thinking about the food in their kitchen.

3. There is less of a routine - not having to go to work at a certain time, or take a regular lunch break, can leave individuals without a routine and prone to snacking throughout the day.

4. Boredom and having less to do - can lead to increased thoughts about food/weight and also reaching for food just for something to do.

5. The scarcity of food, limited opportunities to go to the supermarket and the empty supermarket shelves, can make it difficult for individuals to get foods that they like/or that they feel are “safe/good/clean” - therefore triggering anxiety around food and food choices.

6. With less opportunities to move their body - individuals can also begin to worry about their shape and putting on weight.

7. With lots more food in the house, individuals can also be more prone to binge eating - perhaps forcing themselves to try and restrict/control their food intake but then finding all of the food around them too difficult to resist.

So if you are worried about your relationship with food right now - what can you do? I have been working with many individuals to help them to manage their relationship with food during these challenging times (via Skype/Facetime of course) and here are some things that you can start to think about:

1. Don’t restrict your food intake/try to starve yourself: even though you may be moving less, don’t try and be overly restrictive with your food intake as this can make you more prone to binge eating or emotional eating.