Changing My Perception of Food
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
I have always had a constant struggle with food, I'm sure most of us have. It is such a part of our lives. We celebrate with it, we mourn with it, and we comfort with it. Every major event we have in life has a food that we can relate to it. Our food memories are strong ones. So we often end up with a love/hate relationship with food. We "enjoy" food too much, ie eats lots of it and eat what tastes good, and we see the side effects of that love, ie weight gain. Seems a little pessimistic but the realist in me sees some truth.
Simply said, I enjoy food too much. So how do I enjoy food and be healthy?
A challenge perhaps.... I like to be competitive......
I've decided to focus on making the healthiest meals using fresh ingredients and using principals of volumetrics*. Not only will these meals be filling but they will be well thought out focusing on my food desires and well plated. This will make me transfer the focus on what food I am craving to how well I can create it using healthy substitutions and well planned pairings. Making my food choices more about the nutrition and artistic plating than the sheer satiating factor of the meal. Focusing the joy of the meal more on the process rather than the result. I will take a picture of each plating to create a visual acknowledgement cue of the meal, creating a food memory.
I want to try this little experiment of refocusing my passion for my food for the next 7 days. Rebuild that healthy relationship with food rather than just a love hate one. Focus on building me and refinding my joie de vivre. Kind of step one in my process to refocus my energy on my self and improving myself. So join me in my attempt to reimagine my food relationship. Never give up, never surrender!
My first day:
*"Developed by Dr. Barbara Rolls, the Volumetrics diet plan focuses on the energy density of foods. According to Dr. Rolls, awareness of the energy density of food, which is the number of calories in a specific amount of food, is the key to achieving healthy, long-term weight loss."
Stickler, T. (2016, June 15). Volumetrics Diet. Retrieved August 15, 2017, from http://www.healthline.com/heal