Choosing nutritious foods is certainly an important foundation for a healthy diet and lifestyle, but eating
well goes beyond opting for salad over fries or water over soda. What we eat is only part of the equation!
This year’s National Nutrition Month theme, More than Food!, asks us to explore the why, how, and what of our food choices to cultivate a positive relationship with food, as well as a healthy diet.
Considering our eating habits and motivations helps us be mindful of how we relate to food, and ultimately, what drives our food choices.
1. Stay present. Being a mindful eater means being aware of what you eat when you eat. Have you ever opened a bag of chips while working at your desk, and finished them a few moments later without really enjoying them? Taking designated snack breaks and avoiding eating in front of the screen can help you make healthier food choices in the long run.
2. Mind your motivation. When it comes to cultivating a positive relationship with food, what we eat matters, but why we eat plays a big role too. Regularly eating out of sadness, stress or boredom avoids
the real root of our emotions, and turning to food for comfort can lead to weight gain over time.
3. Listen to your body. Eat when you are hungry and stop when you feel full. When you are eating mindfully, you are listening to your body and trusting your appetite to guide eating decisions. Keep in mind that eating hyper palatable foods like pastries, as well as alternating between sweet and salty foods can override your natural sense of satiation.
4. Savour your food! Take your time and enjoy your food. Before you take your first bite, notice what the food looks like. Inhale the scent. How does it smell? Take a bite and notice the flavours and textures. Remember, we eat with all our senses!
Developing a positive and healthy relationship with food allows you to enjoy your food to the fullest while making more deliberate—and likely healthier—food choices.