Do you live to eat or eat to live? And why your answer should be neither!
Do you live to eat or eat to live?
As a first instinct, most people will automatically answer ‘of course, we eat to live’. Their thoughts are focused on the biological process of their body needing food and nutrients to survive.
From that, comes the obvious realisation that this no longer drives our food intake decisions. Due to aggressive marketing techniques, fast food chains, availability of foods everywhere, we no longer eat because we are hungry.
We eat because everyone is eating.
We eat because as soon as we get home, we start feeling these signals of hunger. We eat because we are sad, depressed or any other emotional reasons.
We eat because we don’t want to throw food.
We eat because we saw an ad for burger and fries and we started craving the meal.
We eat for a number of reasons that have nothing to do with hunger.
So what is the difference between ‘eat to live’ and ‘live to eat’?
I Live To Eat – Meaning eating is at the center of your life and your everyday activities revolve around food
I Eat to Live – Meaning you only eat to fuel your body and get through the day. Food intake is not a source of pleasure and is only to resolve the feeling of hunger.
Now if I ask you again: Do you live to eat or eat to live?
Your answer will probably and hopefully be neither! Here is why
The attitude of “I live to eat” is very unhealthy. Unfortunately, we currently live in a society where food is pushed on us using billboards, TV ads, SMS messaging, social media, magazine ads, etc..
It is basically everywhere you go. It has become harder and harder to really remember what it’s like to be hungry.
To be really hungry. Not hungry as a result of cravings or boredom.
The attitude of “I eat to live” brings with it a feeling of restriction. Not with eating but with the fact that you can’t associate satisfaction and pleasure to the act of eating.
My recommendation is somewhere in between with Intuitive Eating.
Intuitive Eating is not about eating whatever you want, whenever you want but it is about learning the balance between loving and enjoying food and not using food to numb your feelings and emotions. It is the perfect way to maintain a healthy relationship with food.
Check out this video to understand the basics of Intuitive Eating and have a healthier relationship with food.
Have you tried intuitive eating? How did that work for you? Let us know in the comments!