Monday, March 18, 2013
I've said before that I need to change my relationship with food, but I've had it all wrong up until now. Food is not the enemy. Food is about celebration.
Food is at the center of our lives. I just returned from a trip to my hometown for a funeral. Our days were spent sitting around the kitchen table talking and eating. In August I will travel again for a family wedding. Following the service, we will celebrate with food. When my husband and I get a rare evening or weekend without my son, we go out to eat. By battling my love of food, I've been miserable. Instead I need to focus on celebrating it.
Here are my strategies moving forward:
* Avoid mindless eating. I need to cut back on snacking and eating in front of the TV.
* Savor each bite. Food tastes good and I need to enjoy what I'm eating instead of thinking of what I'm going to shove in my mouth next before I've swallowed what is already there.
* Focus on portion control instead of deprivation. I need to be giving myself more wiggle room to enjoy the "bad" foods that I love.
* Discover more recipes for new foods to love. I need to spend some time researching new ways to cook chicken and fish and create new dishes that are guilt free and pleasurable.
What are your strategies to celebrate food? What are you go to foods that are delicious, yet guilt free?