I believe that part of being a healthy person is to know and to exemplify what you believe and why you believe it on every front. One of these fronts would be developing and understanding YOUR food philosophy. We all have one whether or not we’re aware of it!
We act out of our true belief systems all them time, whether it’s conscious or unconscious, we make decisions that make sense to us. That doesn’t mean they’re “true”, as not everything we believe is true, right? So when you’re delving into anything you think or believe take the time to examine it under a bright light and determine whether or not it needs some adjustment to make it more relevant.
Mull YOUR food philosophy in regard to the following:
*MEAT- all, some, or none? What kind? How often? What source? How much?
*FAT- are you “fat phobic?” Do you know good fats vs. bad fats? How much?
*DAIRY- nonfat? Lowfat? Whole? Cow? Soy? Almond? Coconut? Why?
*FRUITS- do you consider them free food? Are you aware of the sugar values?
*VEGETABLES- organic? Local? Raw? Cooked? Are you eating enough of them?
*GLUTEN- Yes? No? Maybe? Why are you saying yes, no or maybe?
*SUGAR- How much per day? From what source? How about fake stuff?
*SODIUM- How salty is your diet? Is it OK, or is it too much?
*PRESERVATIVES, ADDITIVES, FILLERS- How do you feel about these?
*ALCOHOL- Where does it fit in? How much is appropriate daily/weekly?
*OTHER BEVERAGES- What’s your beverage of choice? Do you drink enough water? How much is enough? Are you in taking too many liquid calories?
*RESTAURANT EATING- Can you make healthy choices at your favorites?
*SOCIAL EATING- Are you comfortable saying, “No thank you,” or do you do a lot of, “I don’t want it but I’ll feel bad if I don’t have some” eating?
*CANNED/FROZEN/BOXED FOOD- Do you think it’s, “Not that bad?”
*WHEN DO YOU EAT? Frequently, before you’re starving, or do you wait until you are super deprived before you eat. Do you think this is healthy?
*WHY DO YOU EAT? Are you aware of being hungry? Do you know when you’re full? Do you feel attuned to any disordered eating habits, and if so, are you honest and clear about them? Are you actively pursuing overcoming them?
Each of these could be an article, and I’m sure I’ve missed a few hot topics that you can add in for your own journey. Our destination here is honesty. Once we’re honest about what we actually think and believe about food, we can examine our current beliefs carefully and decide what can stay, what needs to be added in, and what needs to definitely go! It’s not easy to change, but it’s not impossible.
My simple 2 cents-
“Eat what you love, Love what you eat, Own what you eat.”
Be Healthy, Be Happy!