Your most intimate, personal and permanent relationship is with food. It is your constant companion from the day you are born until the day you die. Therefore, it is important that this relationship is a healthy one. For most of the population, it is a relationship filled with conflict. More than 74.1% of Americans are overweight or obese. In every other relationship when you experience conflict, you can disengage. You can withdraw from people, society, work, and church, but you are intimately and permanently locked into a relationship with food.
For obese people, food is the only dependable relationship in their life. Food is always there, fills an immediate void, and is satisfying and enjoyable. Sadly, for many, food is their only consistent relationship. Food is not designed to be your friend, end loneliness, treat anxiety, cure depression, or quell boredom. Since a relationship with food is vital, achieving your ideal weight is a tremendous opportunity for personal growth. Creating a healthy relationship with food will transform your relationship with life. Conscious eating encourages you to look at every aspect of who you are and why you do what you do. Being awake to what you put into your body is critical to your health, energy, finances and relationships. Scientific studies have provided irrefutable evidence that eating less, while maintaining proper nutrition, is the single most beneficial thing you can do for your health and longevity (Dr. Roy Walford).