Are we intentional in our healthy eating or do we gamble and hope for the best?
I am continually learning to nourish a healthy eating mindset. Because I am one of those who do have bad habits to relearn, it’s a continuous process for me. I appreciate those who have the knowledge that they can impart to me and others so we can choose a healthier lifestyle. It takes time initially, but the benefits are worth it. We can choose to make good, intentional choices for ourselves and our families.
There is a difference between dining and eating. Dining is an art. When you eat to get most out of your meal, to please the palate, just as well as to satiate the appetite, that,my friend, is dining.~Yuan Mei
What Naturally Healthy Eaters Do:
- Eat when hungry, stop when full, not eat when not hungry. When we are hungry our foods digests food better. When we are full and eat there isn’t enough room or enough stomach acid to do the job well. When we wait too long to eat, we can get cranky, shaky, have headaches, which can result in low blood sugar.
- Some of us have to relearn bad habits we learned as a child or bad memories. Food can be used as a reward or punishment. In my family when we were happy we celebrated by going out to dinner. When my parents were fighting we didn’t go hungry but it was obvious that the celebrating was over.
- Start with smaller portions and second servings if still hungry.
- Not hoard food for later. Food will always be there and there won’t be a disappearing act. My parents grew up during the depression and so they developed harming habits, but each differently. My dad hoarded canned food when it was on sale. My mother would stuff food from buffets in her purse and I never knew a time she didn’t have some kind of food (usually an old sandwich or dessert) that was stuffed away in her purse.
- Enjoy the small bites, small portions meant to be savored. He who distinguishes the true savor of his food can never be a glutton; he who does not cannot be otherwise. ~Henry David Thoreau
- Not obsess over fast food or convenient foods or processed foods. Healthy eaters enjoy the taste of more natural foods and foods that today we call “real” food.
- Naturally healthy weight people rarely have dessert because they don’t crave sugar as often. Fresh berries are a preference. Small bites of real chocolate. I have started to enjoy dark chocolate and savoring the taste. I’m less likely to gobble delicious dark chocolate.
- Healthy eaters look forward to meals with a variety of colors, textures and temperatures. They enjoy the taste, savor it and enjoy it with no guilt.
- Don’t count calories, carbs. Healthy eaters eat sensibly. When they have cake, because they don’t crave or eat dessert as often, they enjoy and savor that one piece of cake.
Do I think like a naturally healthy eater? Not by my nature. I learned some bad eating habits as a child and many of them still stick with me. My mother grew up poor and there never seemed to be enough food to go around a large, hungry family. As an adult, she hoarded food and it would make me crazy. Now as an adult, I have to tell myself, there is always going to be food (thankful to be in America) and I don’t have to hoard any food. God will supply all my needs and I don’t have to worry. This is a lie I’ve had to replace with truth.
We can create angst free eating habits, good health, more energy, better moods-these are gifts that will nourish us for a lifetime.
He who distinguishes the true savor of his food can never be a glutton; he who does not cannot be otherwise. ~Henry David Thoreau
Notes were taken from “Nourished: A Search for Health, Happiness, and a Full Night’s Sleep.”~Becky Johnson and Rachel Randolph