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Eating As Nourishment For Body And Soul

In a culture like ours where food is fast, convenient, and plentiful it’s easy to lose touch with why we need to eat in the first place, and with what foods provide the nutrition our bodies need. So many people are suffering from compulsive eating, overeating, and other disorders because they have learned to rely on food as a way to deal with difficult emotions. When we get back in touch with our bodies and natural intuition, we can begin to have a healthy relationship with our food.

Many of us have forgotten what it feels like to be full, and that feeling of fullness is our body’s natural signal telling us to stop eating. The portions given to us in restaurants and fast food chains are much larger than most adults need, so it’s up to us as an individual to know when to stop.

Tips for Portion Control:

Do your own grocery shopping – seeing the quantities will help when cooking.
Making your own meals – regulate what and how much goes into your body.
Choose wisely when eating out – you don’t have to finish the entire plate.

These are all good steps to maintaining portion control, and a lot more should go into the thoughtfulness of your diet. Remember the goal is to feel full and to feel good about ourselves at the same time. The goal is not to finish everything on the plate – it is not a race and there is no reward at the end of the meal. Slowing down when eating and taking the time to enjoy every mouthful will also help you recognize when you truly feel full.

Food provides our bodies with energy and the nutrients to keep living healthfully. Finding out more about nutrition and what foods contain the vitamins and minerals our bodies need is another important step to building a better relationship with your food. There are free tools online that can calculate the amounts of nutrients you need on a daily basis and tell what foods provide those nutrients. You can also talk to your doctor about developing a healthier diet. You only get one body in this life, so learn to love it and treat it with the respect it deserves. You’ll feel healthier and happier as a result.



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