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The psychology of food

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The world is full of ever-growing lists of fad diets, calorie-limiting eating techniques, ideas of 'super' foods and rigid regimes that fuel guilt if you deviate in any way. There is no such thing as a perfect diet.

How can we navigate through the nonsensical and take a sane approach to nutrition to meet our goals?

Eating should return to something more natural. Hungry? eat. Full? stop eating.

That is not to say we are not mindful of what we put into our bodies but rather stop the compulsion eating, habitual eating. We need a structure around eating that is healthy and sustainable, a system, rather than strict diets. Our bodies are good at knowing what they need and we need to get in tune with our bodies and listen.

Bad habits and compulsions can take time to change (research shows it can take up 66days) but we should be natural around food and not be including emotions (often guilt).

Eating disorders are common and the threshold for a disorder is actually very low. Some can be so serious, even life-threatening, but many just mean we make irrational food choices that are often unsustainable.

For a more in-depth look at the phycology of food, head on over to The Real Science Of Sport podcast.

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