Is Your Definition of Healthy Eating Keeping You From Doing It?
In the Redefining Healthy Eating class I teach at Green Mountain at Fox Run, I ask women what comes to mind when I say the words “healthy eating.” While more and more frequently I hear words like “fresh” and “feel good,” I still all too often hear words like “restrictive” or “boring” or “doesn’t taste good.”
When we explore the foods that bring to mind those latter descriptors, it’s usually foods that are low in fat, sugar, salt…and taste. Foods that we believe we “should” eat because, well, the other foods “aren’t healthy.” Nothing could be further from the truth.
Pleasure is an integral part of health. If we’re consistently not happy, we’re not going to be healthy either. So finding how to put pleasure into healthy eating is essential to both enjoying it and doing it, too! If we don’t like something, we won’t keep doing it.
How to put the pleasure into healthy eating? First by resolving to eat what you want. Do you believe that will lead to orgies of cookies, ice cream and potato chips? Remember that feeling good is also a part of pleasure, and when we consistently overeat rich foods, we’re likely not to feel too well as a result. It’s all about finding the balance.
If too much dieting has left you completely confused about what and how to eat, start with the simple Plate Model. Eat regularly — for most folks, that means every 3 to 5 hours. Then listen to your body. It will eventually tell you what, when and how much to eat. It was designed to do that, and did it very well until dieting took over the minds and tables of Americans.