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Many people have a complicated relationship with food.

Eating can very often be a mental and emotional act, explains clinical nutritional therapist Nicci Robertson.

She advises that food is the most socially acceptable drug, often used to temporarily subdue anxiousness or depression.

According to Robertson, our behaviours, attitudes and values towards food need to change in order to develop healthy habits.

She suggests that preparing food and planning meals in advance is a key component to starting healthy habits.

Robertson says the diet industry has demonised food, when in fact nourishing food should be viewed as pleasurable.

Food is chemistry. When we are stressing and full of anxiousness, what's going to turn that off and make us feel better?

Nicci Robertson , Clinical Nutritional therapist and founder of Re-invent Company  

Food creates endorphins and creates a counter balance to the chemistry of depression, anxiety or whatever it is because we are wired for pleasure.

Nicci Robertson , Clinical Nutritional therapist and founder of Re-invent Company  

When we go for processed foods and sugary foods that give us a 'quick hit', we feel good.

Nicci Robertson , Clinical Nutritional therapist and founder of Re-invent Company  

It's not about the calories. It's about the quality of the food and having awareness about why you are eating.

Nicci Robertson , Clinical Nutritional therapist and founder of Re-invent Company  

Food is a pleasure. We should indulge in good food, not convenience food, processed or food that we don't how was made.

Nicci Robertson , Clinical Nutritional therapist and founder of Re-invent Company  

Robertson offered her advice and callers shared stories about their complicated relationships with food.

Take a listen to the riveting conversation on food:

This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Big on comfort food? Advice on how to quit emotional eating

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