I only eat foods that I like. This may seem silly to say, but as a person who was overweight since childhood I spent a lot of time eating foods that were “good for me.” Most of these foods I just didn’t like but ate them because it was what was on the diet. So as I became an adult I vowed never to eat anything I didn’t like just because it was good for me.
I understand that many times the driving force around food addictions has to do with controls or lack of controls around a personal relationship with food. Food becomes a tool or emotional vehicle NOT nourishment. A recipe for disaster.
It wasn’t until I was an adult that I had the opportunity to make my own choices about food. What I realized was that many “good for you foods” tasted really good. It was nice to figure this out on my own, not being told.
On becoming a parent I decided I would never make my child eat something he didn’t like. I did want him to try new foods. And I recommended he try them once but if he truly did not like the food than that was ok and we would try something else.
This has worked well. I now have a son willing to try new things and who eats when he is hungry and knows when to stop. Ahhhh a relieved formally obese parent. If he doesn’t like something that’s ok. He decides. No drama.
Was there any food control in your life? I’d be interested in knowing your experience and if you think it has affected your relationship with food? Please consider leaving me a comment below.
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