Exploring Your Relationship with Food
Author: Rhea Lewandoski R.D.
If you have or are experiencing disordered eating or eating disorder behaviours, your relationship with food has likely been altered and impacted over time. Our relationship with food can be like other relationships, meaning it may take time to develop and thrive and this may include practice, self-compassion, and communication.
It is often important to remember that food is more than fuel for our body. Humans eat for a
variety of reasons, such as joy, pleasure, culture, tradition, socialization, and to fuel their bodies. You deserve to nourish yourself as an extension of self-care and your value and worth is not dictated by the food you eat or your current relationship with food.
Your relationship with food is unique to you. You have your own lived experience with food,
your own food preferences, and the right to navigate this journey to food freedom in a way that suits you. This doesn’t necessarily mean it will be easy or comfortable, but it is definitely worth it!
Below I have provided some general journal prompts to begin to explore your relationship with food. This can be helpful to bring to your sessions with your therapist and/or dietitian to
continue the exploration.
What words, phrases, or thoughts come to mind when you think about your current relationship with food?
What words, phrases, or thoughts come to mind when you ask yourself “what do I want my relationship with food to look/feel like?”