What’s the best way to have a “satisfying” relationship with food?

In your opinion, what’s the best way to have a satisfying relationship with food?

What could we do to feel satisfied without having to over-eat?

Personally I am increasingly convinced that we need to bring the word “listening” to the forefront in our everyday lives. Listening is in fact an incredibly powerful instrument.

If we allow ourselves the space to pay attention to the signals sent by our body (that “wonderful machine” – I’ll never stop repeating this), it will be our body itself that tells us what we really need for breakfast in the morning: do we really want our usual four rusks with jam, or since it’s freezing outside this morning wouldn’t we prefer a ham sandwich?

It’s always listening that at table sends us this message: “to tell the truth, I’m not hungry anymore. I’ve had enough, I want to stop here. Thankyou”. (When you listen, the word “thankyou” also comes to complete the message). And again, it is listening that allows us to understand when we have an irresistable desire for chocolate, chips, biscuits, sweets, or if there is something else instead that has “got stuck” in us or that we haven’t “digested”. In brief: listening allows us to eat what we want at a certain moment, in right quantities – and this is no small thing – it frees us from our sense of guilt because we are choosing synchronously with our body’s real needs. If you face food in a playful way, like when you play “grandmother’s footsteps”, and then stop a second, you will see that it is really simple to practise listening to yourself.

This, too, is FiloCiboSofia.

I wish you all a year rich with listening!

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