I'm always on the look out for reports and studies about how our interactions with food are related to our health. One of my favorite places to learn some interesting perspectives is on "TED" (ted.com)I found this talk to be especially helpful in understanding peoples necessity for pleasure when it comes to what they eat.
Have you ever been eating and someone is sharing with you something about the food you are eating that is quite upsetting? takes all the pleasure out of eating doesn't it?!
So it seems that if we had a better understanding of the value of our food and where it came from and what it can do for us, we would derive an even greater pleasure from our food experience. I constantly share with people that our food has to "Think Good", not just taste good, to be fully enjoyed, and finally science is catching up. Therapeutically, this is why its vitally important for us to play a leading role in our food system by growing some of your own food, knowing your farmers and sources of your ingredients and choosing and preparing your own foods with the full knowledge of its benefits, and completely avoiding some foods that we know don't fit into that value system.
Do this test:
Record how satisfied you are after eating two different meals (1 hour after): one convenience meal (some one else made), and one that you fully prepare yourself. Record how you feel and how satisfied you are.
(1)not at all satisfied
So in consideration for slowing down your life and being more thoughtful and health minded.... What do you think about your food? ("where it comes from, what it will do for me, how it will taste, etc...) What do you think about healthier foods that you may have an aversion to? ("no one eats this stuff", "thats weird", "its going to taste bad", etc) Its really helpful for you to just observe and listen to what thought process is going on when you eat. Then you can begin to understand the "conversation" that you have with your relationship to food and change what you don't like to be able to fully enjoy the pleasure that eating is.
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