Food is the essential fuel that keeps us alive. It’s also weighted with cultural meaning. We gather around the dinner table to break bread with our friends and families. Food is deeply woven into holidays, celebrations, and cultural festivals.
At the same time, many people grew up within households that struggled to put enough food on the table, or where food was used as a reward or punishment, or where the amount and kinds of foods eaten was constantly judged. All of these challenges, and more, can shape our attitudes towards food as adults.
Whether you have issues with eating too little, too much, or the wrong kinds of food, many of us struggle to fuel ourselves well, without stress and with healthy enjoyment. Changing your mindset around food can help you change your habits for the better. Here are some tips:
- Eat mindfully. Mindful eating is the process of slowing down when you eat. Think about the colors, textures, flavors, and smells of your food, as well as your physical sensations as you eat. All you have to do to practice mindful eating is to slow down and pay attention to what you are eating, engaging every sense as you enjoy your meal.
- Imagine food as an adventure. Kids don’t like a lot of flavors — this is nature’s way of protecting them from foods that could be poisonous. When kids see new food, they tend to wrinkle their noses and say, “Yuck!”.
Unfortunately, many adults don’t grow out of this phase. If this is you, resolve to start trying new foods. Give new flavors an honest chance, and you’ll soon open up a new world of taste.
- Embrace learning. Read about nutrition, take a cooking class, or meet with a registered dietician. Expanding your knowledge about food will help you take control of how you fuel yourself, as well as discover new confidence in the kitchen.
In our next article, join us as we explore ways to change your mindset about money.