BALANCE, MODERATION AND NOURISHMENT
When it comes to eating I believe in long term healthy patterns and not a one-size diet that’s fixated on rules and restrictions. Balance and moderation is key and eating a wide variety from the five food groups is most important. This does not have to exclude cake, biscuits or chocolate either! We eat beyond the physical need for nourishment but for pleasure, taste, cultural, religious and social reasons too.
EAT WITH A HEALTHY MINDSET
I don’t believe that food is good or bad and even healthy or unhealthy. I don’t get caught up in black and white thinking and I avoid labelling food because I believe the definition of food needs to be as is. If you google the definition you’re likely to find that food is a noun and is something you eat; it provides nourishment and energy, helping to maintain life and support growth.
Eating is an habitual behaviour that we cannot live without. Eating behaviours are shaped by our unique physiology, genetics, psychology and environment. As an educator, I work with behaviours every moment of the school day. I assess, model and employ strategies to support behaviour change in the learning process. I see eating as a learning process that requires a landscape of positive behaviours that nourish the mind as well as the body.
TRUST AND NURTURE YOUR BODY
Our bodies are incredibly intuitive and know us better than we think. If we slow down, tune in and listen carefully we’re able to be more mindful of how to nourish them. The needs of our body change to the demands we place on it and adapt accordingly. Bodies are smart. They thrive on whole and minimally processed food. Eating doesn’t require us to count calories or macros, be disciplined and trained to eat less to attain a body that fits with a magazine cover or social media post. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could disregard these messages and teach our children to have a healthy relationship with food and trust their body?
WE ARE INDIVIDUAL
We are individual so our bodies respond differently to nutrition and the lifestyle it’s upholding. The best kind of diet is the one that embraces a healthy relationship with food and our body. Learning to value our body and live in it in a more accepting and non-judgmental way is a challenge for many. We’re constantly bombarded with misinformation and nutrition myths and made to feel like the failure if the diet doesn’t work. Honouring our uniqueness is something that is a lifelong learning process. Many people ‘learn to eat’ with guilt and shame. Imagine what it would be like if we left judgement and rules behind and ate with neutrality. We’d be able to eat with joy, satisfaction and self-compassion for our bodies.