Eating can sometimes elicit negative thoughts of guilt. This is how we end up creating unsustainable ideas around restriction that we falsely view to be ‘healthy’ habits. Nutrition Expert Stephanie McKercher shows us there is a better way to honor ourselves: by experiencing the love of nourishing foods that leave us energized and satisfied.
Here’s how you can get there!
1. SLOW DOWN AND CHECK IN
Simply adding more mindfulness to your meals is one of the greatest ways to increase enjoyment while also nourishing your body, so take the time to pause and consider the present moment.
2. FOCUS ON NOURISHMENT, NOT NUMBERS
Place more emphasis on the way that you, as a unique individual, feel before, during, and after eating various foods. You’ll enjoy meals way more and also get the nutrition that you need too.
Your body is smart, honor the feedback it is giving you.
3. MAXIMIZE FLAVOR
Too many people think of “healthy food” as being bland, tasteless, and boring. This is so wrong – sometimes you just need to learn how to put them together.
So, get excited about cooking. Try a new recipe. Use fresh herbs, seasonal produce, olive oil, and other flavorful ingredients. Eat a variety of colors and textures.
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Stephanie McKercher, MS, RDN is a Boulder, CO-based private practice dietitian creating delicious recipes and promoting a world where we all truly love nourishing whole foods. Inspired by her past experiences working in an integrative cancer center, Steph shares with her clients a loving environment that focuses on mindful eating, holistic wellness, and cancer nutrition. To fall in love with healthy eating with a little help from Steph, visit The Grateful Grazer. And check out the full article version, “5 Ways to Fall In Love with Healthy Food“.