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Education on Eating Style


As summer winds down and we resume our fall schedules with work and school it's a good time to learn some lessons in mindful eating.  In our busy lifestyles we fall into an eating style based upon the bombardment of food messages, rushed meals and quick fixes, leading us to lose our natural way of eating and digesting well.  When we eat mindfully, we nourish ourselves, and reconnect to how real food is meant to be enjoyed.  Somehow that gets lost when we multi-task, rush through meals and use food for other reasons.  In this circumstance it isn't about WHAT you eat but HOW you eat.

Answer the following questions to better understand your eating style.

  • Reason: Why were you eating and how did it make you feel?  Did you enjoy the food, was it an annoyance, did it make you feel anxious or elated?

  • Location: Where do you eat your meals?  Is it in the car, at your desk, in front of the TV or at a dining table?

  • Duration: How long does it take to finish a meal?

  • Taste: What did your last meal taste like?  Do you remember if it was salty, tangy, sweet or sour?

  • Texture: What did it feel like?  Crunchy, chewy or soft?
These questions will help you evaluate your eating style.  You may discover that your eating habits have lead to weight gain, digestive issues, using food for emotional support or addictions to foods that are unhealthy.  Reinventing your eating style could reduce calories, improve weight, optimize digestion and most importantly, improve your relationship to food.

Practice tips to cultivate a healthy eating style:

  • Think about whether you eat due to hunger, boredom, stress or other reasons.  If it’s for emotional reasons try to find another way to address these emotions.  If you can’t manage this on your own, it may be helpful to work with a counselor.

  • Sit down at a table for meals with as few distractions as possible and focus only on your meal.

  • Practice slow eating; take small bites, chew well and pay attention to what the food feels like.  Your digestion and nutrient absorption will improve.

  • Take a moment to really taste the food to discover if you are really enjoying it.  Your food preferences may change to healthier options.

  • Tune into feelings of satiety (feeling full) and stop when you are full.  Make this a time of relaxation and enjoyment.
Here are few reasons to see a nutritionist/personal trainer: improve exercise performance, sleep quality, improve mental clarity, improve digestion and nutrient absorption, establish long-term healthy habits, meal planning for a whole foods diet and eat in a way to sustain the planet.  Please consider Sheri for nutrition counseling and/or fitness appointments to help you develop a healthier lifestyle.  

FITNESS/NUTRITION in the NEWS

LATEST NEWS on GMO LABELING
Consumer demand for the labeling of genetically modified foods has been strong, only a few states were able to pass laws requiring food manufacturers to label these foods.  On the other hand, opposition has been strong from such companies as Monsanto and the Grocery Manufacturers Association.  Meanwhile, congress has become involved with what was has become known as the "Dark Act", for Deny Americans the Right to Know.  In the latest turn of events, congress has submitted, what they consider a solution, a bill that would require scan codes, known as QR codes on products in order to disclose GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) ingredients.  Yes, a smart phone with internet or data access would be required!  If this bill passes it would nullify the laws for the states that passed labeling requirements for GMO foods thus weakening these requirements to only require a QR code, and not even that in some situations.  To find out more about the bill and GMO foods visit: www.ewg.org/key-issues/food/gmo-foods


Sheri is a Certified Nutritionist with a master's degree in nutrition, with over 14 years of clinical counseling experience, an ACE-certified Personal Trainer with advanced certifications in medical exercise and health coaching.  All nutrition consultations include exercise guidance, dietary analysis and meal plans to meet your individual lifestyle, calorie and nutritional needs.

Free introductory 15-minute appointments are also available.

To schedule an appointment with Sheri Mar, email:   info@EatWellBeFit.com  or call:  206.789.6440


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