8 Steps to a Healthy Relationship With Food

Many nutritionist and dieticians focus on explaining what and when to eat. But not many emphasize where and how.

Food is much more than calories or fuel. It's an emotional connection, a bonding experience, and a relationship that needs to stay healthy for the sake of both our minds and our bodies. Below are some steps to help ensure that your relationship with food is a positive one.

1. Eat real food.

Trust nature and pick foods that your grandmother would recognize. Although grocery stores can be filled with modified food-like substances such as processed, packaged, or frozen products, try to stick to things that grow from the land. If it doesn't grow, avoid it.

2. Prepare real food.

Food preparation should involve your sense of touch. Take the time to wash and chop and feel your food. This helps establish a sense of connection and ownership. Learn exactly what ingredients are included in the meals you eat, and don't be afraid to take pleasure in working with them. Meal preparation is often seen as a chore, but there is something to be said about the tactile pleasure of kneading dough or slicing fresh vegetables.  

3. Eat at a table.

Respect your food enough to place it at a table, physically sit down in front of it, and eat without distractions. Set the time apart to make your table an intimate part of your family routine. This should be a place where your family can gather and approach with anticipation. Use this spot to enjoy the company of good friends over great meals.

4. Experiment with finger foods.

As often as you can, skip the fork. Chop fresh fruits and vegetables that you can hold and look at while you're eating. This visual and physical connection will help you appreciate every bite. It will encourage your senses to experience different shapes and textures, boosting the satisfaction you derive from food.

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