So what does it mean to have a healthy relationship with food? Well, having a healthy relationship with food is really also about having a healthy relationship with yourself and your body and its needs. It's all about being connected to what you are eating, when you are eating and why you are eating. Marry all of this with listening to what your body needs rather than what it desires when it comes to food choices and you'll be enjoying what is known as a healthy relationship with food.
Unfortunately, as a society we place far more emphasis on whether a food is healthy or unhealthy than we do on actually forming healthy relationships with food and our own physiological needs. Physicians, dietary experts and psychologists are saying that our attitudes to dieting and nutrition have made many of us quite fat and unhealthy and they are now urging people to give themselves permission to eat again. However in doing so, we must also learn to listen to what our body is really asking for and also teach ourselves to stop eating when our hunger has been satisfied.
When we are food deprived, we generally eat more high sugar and high carb snacks, which in short means that we are more likely to become 'snack snufflers' and eat far more empty calories and low value foods than we should. Low value foods offer eaters instant gratification but they do come with a very high cost to our overall health and wellbeing. Many processed foods are now being sited to be cancer forming and many junk foods are now being linked directly to diabetes, heart disease and other serious and chronic illnesses. However, it is just as important to understand that eating the occasional donut or having fish and chips once in a while is not going to cause any real problems to anyone. As long as you are eating these kinds of foods in moderation and recognising them as treats and not everyday eating choices, then you will be perfectly safe to indulge in said 'bad' foods from time to time without being worried or fearful that you will gain weight or become unhealthy.
However, more importantly, experts are saying that what we really need to do as a society in order to maintain a healthy relationship with food is to stop using it as a tool to numb and distance ourselves from our emotions. In general, when people are dealing with an emotional issue they will follow the path of least resistance, which more often than not leads directly to our pantry or fridge. We go straight to the foods that we call 'bad' or that we have prohibited in our minds because that belief makes them even more powerful as a numbing mechanism. So basically, we should never rule any foods out as completely forbidden because that will just strengthen our association to them as being something that can bring us ultimate reward and release.
So what do you do when the shit hits the fan and you find yourself going to the fridge for comfort? Well, the first thing to do is to notice what you are doing before you eat anything. You need to make everything that you eat a mindful choice and not a subconscious decision, which means that you need to actively decide to eat everything that you do, with some serious emphasis on the words actively decide. In the most basic terms, you need to think about everything that you ingest before you do and always ask yourself these questions before you put any food into your body:
- Am I really hungry?
- Why am I choosing this food?
- Is this the best choice that I can make for my body right now?
- Is food really what I need right now?
Release Date: 2020
Rating: MA 15+
Running Time: 94 mins
The Platform is a Spanish science fiction thriller, directed by Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia that was released on Netflix during the early stages of the COVID -19 outbreak of 2020, which due to isolation restrictions gave it a widespread audience and surging popularity.
Set in a high rise tower style prison, the residents are periodically rotated between an unknown amount of floors. From the top level, food is send down daily on a platform which is overflowing with all kinds of delicacies. As the platform descends, the food gets more and more scarce and eventually on the lowest levels there is nothing left at all, which forces the prisoners to resort to extreme measures to survive.
The film itself is uncomfortably intriguing with its many twists and turns, and although they have added some crowd pleasing low comedy to alleviate the tone slightly, at the heart of it The Platform is a deeply sadistic film that speaks loudly to the greed and opportunistic behaviours of mankind with violent and upsetting outcomes.
FINAL SAY: How many levels are there?
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