Now in the interest of full disclosure, I must report that I don't eat like this ALL of the time (my lunch the day before was a chicken Parmesan sub with a side of potato chips, although I did get an unsweetened iced tea to go with it), but I am eating "healthier" much more of the time. I'm very fortunate in that the cafeteria where I work offers a wide variety of inexpensive food choices. The chicken salad wrap, for example, was only $3.95.
And at home, my daughter Ava (who turns 4 this weekend) LOVES to cook with me. I know that eating habits can become "generational," so I'm determined to set a healthy example for her in the kitchen. Ava is a Type I diabetic, so there's never any soda in the house. Snacks are generally healthy and fruit-based. Desserts are rare — and small.
I'm learning. (A quick karate analogy: I've got my white belt on.) And as I learn more about healthy eating (and healthy living), I'm coming to realize that WHAT you eat is critical, but so are the following factors (in no particular order):
- HOW MUCH you eat (portion size)
- WHEN you eat (time of day)
- HOW OFTEN you eat (the FREQUENCY of your meals)
- The ENVIRONMENT in which you eat
- The COMPANY you choose dine with
- The quality of ATTENTION, APPRECIATION, and MINDFULNESS that you bring to the experience of eating
- I'm very lucky in that I have access to abundant healthy food choices. I realize that some people don't have the plethora of options that I usually take for granted.
- I'm even luckier that I have the means to obtain more than enough to eat. I realize that thousands die from malnutrition every day.
More to come.