It’s easy to get into the mindset that food is ‘bad’ for us. We decide we shouldn’t eat much, shouldn’t snack much, shouldn’t think about it too much and indeed shouldn’t enjoy it much either in case we find that we do one of the above. But food is a gift. Created in all different colours, tastes and varieties it gives us energy, nutrients, warmth, satisfaction, memories and pleasure.
There are thousands of different foods in the world, too many to number, approximately 2,000 different plant foods for a start.
So it makes sense that all of us can find natural foods that we love that form part of our normal eating pattern. Foods that we don’t just like, but LOVE.
Write down all of the foods (natural and man made) that you eat on a regular basis over a period of say two weeks
Circle those that you love that are natural (not processed or man made)
What other natural foods do you love that aren’t on your list?
Add them in and circle those too.
Aim to eat the circled foods 80-90% of the time.
Put a box around the other more processed and man made foods on your list that you love
What others do you love that aren’t on your list?
Add them in and put a box around those too
You can eat the foods in boxes 5-10% of the time!
Now it’s time to think about the foods that you don’t love. Would you be missing out on nutrients if you didn’t eat the natural ones that you don’t love? If so aim to include them every now and again.
What about the man-made and processed foods that you don’t love, but just eat because: ‘they’re there’, ‘I was bored’, ‘it’s a habit’. This is where you can cut down.
These two categories might make up 0-10% of your diet but should gradually drop closer to zero as your tastes change and you think more about whether you really want to eat something.
~ by Gaynor Burton
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