Eating your words

Eating your words

Eating your words

Eating your words-Language shapes thought. Over the week, try paying attention to the words you’re eating…
try experimenting with introducing descriptive, realistic, less judgmental words in there, like ‘nourishing’ (if it is), ‘satisfying’, ‘filling’, ‘balanced’, ‘crunchy’, ‘crisp’, ‘fresh’, ‘creamy’, ‘tasty’, ‘enjoyable’, ‘salty’… and see how your relationship with food might start to change… It might sound small but starting small works

Many people would know the feeling of being bossed around by food… By the apparently 200+ food decisions we each make on average per day. How about that tub or packet of whatever that is calling out to you, sapping your energy every minute you try to resist it?


  • Lately I’ve been noticing the language we use to talk about food. Have you ever noticed the vocabulary in your head when thinking about it? ‘Good’ versus ‘bad’ foods, ‘toxic’ foods that we need to ‘detox’ from, ‘comfort foods’ and ‘super foods’, ‘cheat days’, ‘treat foods’, ‘chocoholic’… It’s no wonder we feel that food is consuming us, rather than the other way around.
  • Maybe changing the language we use to think about food is about taking back some of this power… because food is just not that powerful; no food you can choose to eat can make you a bad person (except for human or pet, possibly), and likewise, no food is ‘super’ enough to make you good or whole simply by eating it. Food is food. Some is more nutritious than others.
  • Now don’t get me wrong, I am not suggesting the ‘food as fuel’ school of thought. Because that’s ridiculous to me! Sure, fuel is one function, but food is also enjoyable, sociable, fun – and we can embrace that.

In fact, if certain foods weren’t so ‘bad’ maybe we wouldn’t feel the need to eat them secretly, guiltily, quickly, in handfuls in the dark standing in the pantry then pretend it never happened. If certain foods weren’t so ‘bad’ maybe we could break some off, put it on a plate, sit somewhere nice, and enjoy every bite… then feel more satisfied afterwards than if we had stuffed it down at speed whilst berating ourselves.

Ashlen S

You can read more about Dr Ashlen San Ng here.

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