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How is food maturity acquired?


Eating what you like without feeling guilty and not wanting more is always called food maturity. How is it acquired? The advice of Dr Gerard.


EATING TO CALM YOUR EMOTIONS IS NORMAL AND NATURAL

This function of food is archaic. A baby who is suckling his mother or bottle not only receives protein and vitamins, but also love, attention and comfort. In adulthood, eating continues to help calm our emotions, frustration, sadness, anger, etc. Contrary to what one might believe, food maturity is not a state in which one would eat only to meet one's physiological needs. A mature relationship with food, on the contrary, allows you to find a sustenance of emotional relief.

THE MORE WE FEEL GUILTY, THE LESS COMFORT WE GET FROM FOOD

Like the baby who calms down with milk - that is to say mainly fat and sugar -, we continue in adulthood to be attracted to high-calorie, fatty and sweet foods. The latter are often perceived as prohibited if one wants to stay slim and in good health, which sets off a vicious circle. The more we feel guilty, the less they appease us and the more we persist in their consumption to find this appeasement. Maturity is first acquired by de-demonizing foods, even those that are high in calories, so that a small amount of them can comfort us. Swallowing a cream cake at 4 p.m. will be of no consequence if the pleasure it provides is savored and assumed without ambiguity. As soon as we listen to our hunger, we will eat less in the evening, without persisting in an uncontrollable logic of "I want more of the same thing". The path to food maturity therefore involves better listening to your body and your desires, which is the complete opposite of control.

FOOD MATURITY IS LINKED TO EMOTIONAL MATURITY


It is acquired when it becomes possible to experience your emotions without them automatically triggering a desire to eat. In some cases, the sensitivity to emotions is far too strong. The slightest frustration or anxiety is so pervasive that it becomes necessary to avoid it by immediately swallowing candy or chocolate. When there are too many emotions to calm down, the risk is of developing a behavioral addiction to food. It then becomes the one and only resort to each destabilizing feeling. The solution is to increase your tolerance for emotions, by learning to support them better but also to find other ways to manage them, such as sport, meditation, reading, discussion, etc. This may require therapy, but also acceptance techniques like mindfulness. Maturity is about having a choice. A cream puff is if I want and when I want.

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