March is National Nutrition Month, in case you haven’t heard. The theme this year is, Put Your Best Fork Forward.
To me, this means that we shouldn’t judge others for their food choices, or the food they eat. There’s no one diet or lifestyle that’s ideal for everyone, and there’s no better or best when comparing diets to one another.
We shouldn’t judge food as good or bad, just like we are not good or bad based on what we choose to eat. Because we are not our food. We chose our foods and that is it.
SEPARATE YOURSELF FROM YOUR FOOD CHOICES
What we choose to put on our fork or spoon, or in our mouth, is right for us in the moment, and we shouldn’t give a second thought to it. We should just plain ole enjoy it!
Take the time to savor it, and appreciate the energy it is providing us with.
Focus on you and what’s on your fork, not the person next to you.
It’s not about perfection and it never will be. There’s no such thing as perfect. It’s okay if sometimes your choices are dictated by your mood. And it’s okay if you don’t get any fruits or veggies in some days. It’s okay if you buy soup that’s full of sodium because you don’t feel like cooking, or eat out 3 nights a week. What matters is that you are balancing those choices with fruits and veggies, some low sodium options, and some homemade wholesome meals too. Health is not dictated by one, two or even 10 food choices.
Try to be in tune with your hunger level and feed your body what it is really craving at that time (Read here for more about cravings).
How I Put My Best Fork Forward
I eat loads of spinach and oatmeal, but save plenty of room for ice cream and cookies
Order a full fat latte just because I feel like it
I load up on pasta when my body is craving it, and I load up on salads when my body needs veggies and fiber
I aim for 20-25 grams of protein per meal
Balance eating out with cooking in, but when I eat out, I try.it.all.
I’m not perfect, and what I do and eat can be messy 87% of the time. But boy do I enjoy it.
Every single time I put food into my mouth, I enjoy it. And you should too.
Linking up with Amanda for thinking out loud!
If you could make the perfect milkshake, what would you put in it?