How do you mindfully go further with food and see food as more than just nutrients, fuel, and energy?
As we close out the month of March and National Nutrition Month, I want to leave you with some food for thought on how you can Go Further With Food. If you’ve been tuning in to my Facebook Live videos every week, you’ve gathered some tips on how to reduce food waste, how to store food properly, and how I like planning ahead. I want to bring all those items together and come full circle on how we can mindfully go further with food and enjoy food and life even more.
This year’s topic excited me because I think it is important to keep in mind how we can stretch our food supply just a little bit more by being more conscious of food waste. It takes little daily changes to waste less food and it can be achieved by planning ahead, taking inventory of what you currently have on hand, shopping locally, getting creative with leftovers, and store things properly in your kitchen. But I was also excited because I felt like going further with food could also be translated into mindful and intuitive eating practices.
A lot of times we see food as fuel - nutrients and energy. A source of energy to help us get our daily tasks accomplished. Now, of course, all of this is true, but I want to challenge you to think about food as more than that. See food as a whole, not just as energy.
Food can be taken that next step further by providing satisfaction, pleasurable experiences, and memories.
By tuning in to our mindful side, we can recognize this and the beauty of food for the experience it gives us. This takes slowing down, savoring the food in front of you, and really tuning in to what your body is saying. It’s creating an environment around your eating experience that nurtures all the other things food can bring you, besides just nutrients. It can be romantic connection when on a date night with your partner, celebrating your child’s birthday, sitting down to a family meal during the holidays, or enjoying a cup of coffee in silence.
One of the key ways to go further with food is to slow down. Take a breath before eating, remove as many distractions as possible, simply enjoy the experience for what it’s worth. Another thing to keep in mind is how you can flavor your foods to bring you pleasure when eating. Take boring veggies and amp them up with seasonings or by roasting them. Get creative with flavor combinations and bring life back to foods you consume all the time. Lastly, enjoy all foods. Whether it be a salad, a smoothie, or a piece of cake, everyone deserves enjoyment and satisfying foods. Choose foods you actually like to eat and leave the hyperfocus on numbers behind. Enjoy your time with loved ones, embrace the special occasion of everyday life, and remember what it feels like to go further with food.
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