What are the real secrets of healthy eating?
Eating food isn’t only a necessity but also a pleasure. This is the very fact that the majority of us in our hectic and busy lives have forgotten to appreciate. What are the real secrets of healthy eating? How can we eat foods that we like and enjoy—and remain healthy? I can imagine what is going on in your mind while you’re reading through these sentences. These questions may have occupied your thoughts for many years.
I will try to answer these questions the best that I can.
Everybody probably agrees that eating food is one of the most precious joys of life. Even those who starve in an attempt to keep their shape intact may agree with the rest of us that few things in our life substitute for eating a decent meal.
In our society, we consider eating food frequently as an obligation rather than as a pleasure. We want to eat to function and nothing more.
I can’t tell you how many times I have heard the following statements from my patients.
I had five minutes for my lunch today.
I eat my breakfast while driving to work.
I eat while working and checking my emails.
I didn’t have anything to eat until now (4:30 PM). We discussed our plans at our lunch break.
Do the above statements sound familiar?
The trap of “multi-tasking”
The urge of doing other things when we eat, so called “multi-tasking”, is making our population ill and is contributing greatly to its burnout. The word multi-tasking has been thrown out there to make people work harder and harder and be more efficient. I don’t have anything against multi-tasking as long as it’s related to work but it shouldn’t have anything to do with pleasure. The lines should be clear and distinct.
In a society where the speed of progression is rapid and confusing, we have to learn to stop and look around, understand the environment, and appreciate our lives. Otherwise, we will be sacrificing ourselves and our families to a process that will undoubtedly become faster and faster. I believe the art of “multi-tasking” shouldn’t be about doing multiple jobs at the same time. We should be able to prioritize and perform the jobs one after the other with the highest quality possible.
We must dedicate a specific time to plan, prepare and to eat food in our daily life. I know that it’s easier said than done. But this is the only way to relate to the food that we are eating.
What do I want to eat today?
Probably, we ask ourselves the same question every day. But how we answer this question makes a big difference.
Imagine that two people reply to the same question. One person answers the question as follows: “I will eat whatever I get”. The second person answers: “I like to eat… for lunch and… for supper”.
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