When thinking about what I wanted to write about this month I thought about what themes have been coming up in my private practice–lately I have been finding myself asking my clients to think about what their food identity was. Most of my clients had a very difficult time with this question.
We all have our own unique food identities–it speaks to our relationship with food which is often complicated. Are you vegetarian or kosher? Do you have celiac disease and need to avoid gluten? Do you prefer to dine out or cook at home? How do you prefer to purchase your food-shop at a farmer’s market or order online?
Often those with disordered relationships around food do not have a food identity or have an unrealistic perception of what his or hers should be. As a registered dietitian working in this field it is important to help my clients create their own realistic food identity.
What is your Food Identity?