EVERY BITE COUNTS – HOW TO EAT CLEANER EVERYDAY. DOWNLOAD PART 1 OF MY FIT FOODY EBOOK BELOW.
I just got back from a 2-day conference called Opportunity Green here in Los Angeles, and had some pretty deep discussions about food with my new buddy, Roberta, who writes for Treehugger.com. It really got my juices flowing.
Never has there been so much emotion and controversary conjured up by a topic that should be so simple and straightforward to understand. We are humans that require several things to survive, food and water being two of them. Being human, we feel a variety of things…and pleasure is a big driver of our decisions. Food can make you feel a range of emotions, from delight to deviance, fear to foodgasm (yes, I heard this mentioned on the Food Network so that means it’s a real word).
When you boil it down, it’s all pretty simple. To stay balanced, we need to feed our bodies, not our faces.
Let me explain. When we make food decisions, often times we indulge our senses (the ID if you studies psychology) – but our well-oiled machine of a body (the Superego) needs us to assess and choose food as high quality fuel. It’s WANT vs. NEED. Meaning, you may really WANT that chocolate cake but your body really NEEDS that spinach. But spinach isn’t as gratifying as cake, right? Well, I think it can be, it you retrain your brain. Just like working out to get fit, you have to train your thoughts that rewarding yourself with a plate full of veggies is just as gratifying as that cake.
We are influenced to prefer food based on so many things – our DNA, how you were brought up, where we were born and how foods were prepared. Maybe you never had fresh asparagus where you grew up and you ate the canned variety and thought, this is the most vile thing I’ve ever eaten. Then you moved to a place where it grows plenfifully, is fresh, and someone showed you how to brush it with olive oil and grill it perfection - and you fell in love. Or you grew up with families who never cooked so fast food burgers shaped your palate.
In order to adopt a healthy perspective on food, we have to engage our brains to pick foods that feed our bodies first. Once you pick based on knowledge, you’ll find that you’ve retrained your tongue and those tens of thousands of tastebuds to enjoy different flavors and the rest will just fall into place.
STEP 1: DOWNLOAD THIS FREE GUIDE TO HELP YOU MAKE BETTER CHOICES. Every Bite Counts – How to Eat Cleaner Everyday Part I