Sunday, March 22, 2015

How to Enjoy Eating

Today, consumers are bombarded with numerous dietary messages, many of which often lead to unhealthy relationships with food such as avoiding or limiting food items and whole food groups. Eating "properly" is met with perceptions of control, monotony and bland. While, eating "enjoyably" comes loaded with feelings of guilt and fear, relating to getting fat, ill or worse; thereby explaining the fact that only 40% of people admit to enjoying food.

However, the issue of enjoying food is a complex one that requires individuals to trust and be comfortable with hunger, appetite and satiety.

Ellyn Satter, MS, RD principles to enjoying food are:
Give yourself permission to choose enjoyable food
Give yourself permission to eat enjoyable food in satisfying amounts
          (**satisfying amounts does not mean overindulging or gluttony)
Develop the discipline to have regular and reliable meals
Develop the discipline to pay attention to what you eat

Ellyn Satter highlights, applying these guidelines to food consumption can lead to:
Foods no longer being forbidden but rather ordinary foods
Larger portion sizes losing their appeal and
Healthy foods becoming enjoyable when you eat them for pleasure rather than for obligation

Post Taken and Modified from:
Satter, Ellyn . 2011. The Joy of Eating. Weight Management Matters. Vol 9:11; p 2-3.

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