Use Mindfulness to Savor the Flavor of Eating Right

Nutrition is  not just about  what you eat. How, when, why and where we are are just as important.  During March,  The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics)  is highlighting this point with the National Nutrition Month theme, Savor the Flavor of Eating Right…NNM16CoverImage

..because  healthy eating is also about enjoying food!  We are reminded to take time to enjoy food traditions and appreciate the pleasures, great flavors and social experiences food provides. Here’s a tip for savoring the flavor of eating,

Develop a mindful eating pattern that includes good for you foods that taste great, too.

What does  mindful eating mean? I like this definition from the Center for Mindful Eating:

“Being aware of the nourishment available through the process of food preparation and consumption, choosing enjoyable and nutritious foods, acknowledging food preferences nonjudgmentally, recognizing and honoring physical hunger and satiety cues and using wisdom to guide eating decisions.” 

 Most of us get that it’s living in the moment and being present. But what many don’t get is the important component of nonjudgment.

Decades of dieting have conditioned us to second guess eating decisions, such as judging what you deserve to eat based on what you’ve eaten earlier in the day (or whether you have exercised), rather than on hunger cues. Learning to be a master of mindful eating can improve your eating habits and create a positive relationship with food.The quantity and quality of the foods you eat are important, but only a part of the puzzle for optimal health. Try  to become more aware of the other factors influencing your eating decisions with a mindful or intuitive approach .

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