Food is very much the foundation of our lives. Eating can be a beautiful, enjoyable, and creative event by which we gather and share our lives with those we love. It is also the single most frequent and essential choice we make on a daily basis. Three to Five times a day we must decide what we are putting into our bodies. From morning coffee to evening treats. We invest our money, time, and energy in nothing more than we do our food. There are thousands of diets, nutritional plans, food products, recipes, and ideologies surrounding the topic of food and nutrition. No matter what we choose, the responsibility and consequences of our choice will always fall on us, when it comes to food. There is no way to separate ourselves from the breakdown of our food choices.
Making decisions about food can be overwhelming, exciting, and exhausting. So, it’s important to be mindful when meal planning, cooking, and dining. Although it may be easier to purchase food products with quick preparation times and little labor, these options are often not the best for our bodies or our minds. Eating a diet that consists of well-balanced fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, healthy fats, and fibrous foods is vital for both mental and physical health.
The critical thing to remember is this: you don’t have to do it correctly, every day for the rest of your life. You can start with a small goal and try different healthy eating methods that will work for you.
Here Are Some Ways We Recommend Finding, Preparing, and Implementing Healthy Eating Habits
Explore Paleo or Whole30 recipes online. Become familiar with their dietary recommendations and read the thought behind these clean eating regimes. Build recipe libraries from which you can draw from when you are doing your meal planning for the week. Explore working with different ingredients than you usually would and take risks with flavor combinations and food substitutions. You might be surprised, sometimes the healthy version of a dish is tastier than the original.
Set aside 2-3 days a way to “eat clean”. For just those days, eat more conservatively. Focus on lean meats such as fish, turkey, and chicken. Try different meals that feature vegetable dishes that are more complex and well spiced.
Share at least 1 meal a week with friends and family. Keep your meals healthy and share in the nutrients while you share your lives. How we eat is as important as what we eat.
Identify what foods you are consuming the most that are not good for you. For some, it might be sweets like ice cream or cake. For others, it might be wine, cheese, or pizza. Identify your weaknesses when it comes to food choices and set boundaries for consuming these foods.
Communicate your nutritional goals with friends and family. Let others know what you are working toward and why. Try to be vulnerable and open about struggles, challenges, and victories.
The most important thing to remember when it comes to eating is to take it one choice at a time, don’t be too hard on yourself, and set realistic goals. Enjoy not only how food tastes, but how it makes you feel, and try to share in the cooking and eating experience with those you love, as often as you can.