Remember what it was like when we were little & didn’t have a care in the world?
Remember what it was like to not worry about diets, fitness plans, calories & whether or not the food we were eating was a “superfood” or not?
If you ever need a reality check when it comes to a healthy relationship with food, just sit & watch the way kids eat.
*another disclaimer: I know not ALL kids have a great relationship with food, & maybe you didn’t as a child, but I’m speaking in general terms here
So, what can we learn from kids & their connection to food?
They eat WHEN they’re actually hungry.
You never see kids NOT eat when they’re hungry - they’ll snack if they want, eat late at night & they never fast or skip meals because they “feel like they have to.”
They are SOCIAL eaters.
They love being around friends & family, going out to eat, & having fun when it comes to mealtime. They don’t isolate themselves, have to be in their perfect place, with their perfect food, at the perfect time, etc.
They eat when they’re hungry & stop when they’re full & sometimes they’ll overeat a little bit because the birthday cake tastes so good, while other times they’ll under-eat a little because they’re so excited about getting back to playing with their friends outside… & both of these scenarios are ok. The key here is that they don’t overanalyze it at all, they just eat & move on with life.
They eat WHAT they really like.
They aren’t going to eat something because they feel like they have to (unless mom & dad make them). They definitely aren’t concerned about what a magazine, the diet industry, or some coach tells them to eat when they literally HATE that food.
They are mindful eaters.
They will gladly say “no” when they’re done & they feel satisfied. Likewise, they’ll gladly ask for seconds because the food tastes so good to them.
And most importantly, they eat to live, they don’t live to eat.
Their whole life doesn’t revolve around food - they are more focused on friends, school, hobbies, & other things in their life than food. Yet when it does come time to eat, they enjoy their food for what it is.
So, if you need some inspiration and encouragement about eating normally, the next time you see a kid eating, just sit there and watch what they do: their mannerisms, routine, whether they eat everything on the plate or go back for more, where their mind is at, and their overall connection to food.
I think we could really learn a lot from these little guys!
DISCLAIMER: I’m not saying we should eat WHAT kids eat, because they’re not exactly the epitome of health, but more so of HOW kids eat, i.e. their thoughts, routines & overall relationship with food.)
Hey! I’m Audra, the girl behind “This Girl Audra.” I have a passion for helping people, especially girls and women, love themselves, love their bodies, get past all the crazy diet stuff, stop punishing themselves with exercise, and finally start to love their lives. I’m a Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Weight Loss Specialist and Certified in Plant-Based Nutrition. One of my specialities includes helping girls and women get their period back normally and naturally. I’ve written three Ebooks: “Get Your Period Handbook” - tells you everything you need to know about how to get your period back once and for all, without the need for dangerous synthetic hormones. It also touches on diets, exercise addiction, body images issues, and mental health. My "Keep Your Period Handbook” is the sequel to the first, telling you everything to do AFTER you get your period back to be sure you keep it long-term. And finally, my “30 Days to Loving Yourself,” a 30-day challenge to get your mind back in the right place and get you loving your life. I also offer personalized consultations for those wanting to dive a little deeper into their own specific health issues. If this sounds like anything you’re interested in, let’s connect!
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