The saying ‘You are what you eat’ provides more meaning that what it could seem at a first glance.
We usually preoccupy about:
- Finding a job
- Buying a new smartphone
- Getting the best bargains on the next sales
- Our weight
- What others think about us
- When are we going to find time for ourselves
But sometimes we forget to dedicate enough time to something we do every day, about five times a day and which considerably shapes our health and wellbeing: food.
Besides, if we do care about food, commonly the preoccupation will be how much you need to eat in order to keep or lower your weight. Maybe, if you were raised in a concerned-food culture you will reflect on the cooking style and you would choose grilled over fried and at the end of the spectrum you could have chosen to become vegetarian or vegan due to a high awareness of the food processing and animal care. We want you to reflect on which is your position regarding what you eat and we invite you to ask yourself:
- Do I try to have a balanced diet? How many fruits and vegetables do I eat daily? How much meat?
- How many meals do I have daily? When cooking, do I consider healthy cooking?
- Do I look at the content of what I’m eating? If so, do I always understand all the compounds? What is my feeling when I see words such as E-304 on the content list of a product? Do I usually buy process food or I choose fresh raw material?
- Do I care about where the food comes from? Do I try to buy local products?
- Do I buy ecological food?
- Do I take into account the season when buying? For example buying strawberries only when it is the local season and weather to harvest them?
- Am I vegetarian or vegan? If so, why? Was it a difficult decision? What are my key learnings when changing to vegetarian or vegan?
Because if we are what we eat, we should be dedicating some minutes to the topic and we should definitely change some habits when the conclusions are that we are not following a healthy or a coherent diet with our values and priorities. Some common tips which can help you pursuing a healthier diet are:
- Eat regularly: 5 or 6 meals every day, 2 to 3 hours between meals so you don’t end up starving before a meal and eating it uncontrollably.
- Carry fruit, nuts or low-fat products with you if you know the only options to buy when you are hungry are snacks or pastry.
- Avoid refined and over-processed foods because they tend to be higher in salt and calories maybe being less nutritious than other alternatives.
- Consume adequate healthy fats (salmon or avocado) since they have got substances which has been proven to have cardiovascular benefits.
- Try to listen to your body and especially your stomach when eating: keep the appropriate portions for your size and activity.
We are sure the topic is extent enough to create new post about nutrition, sustainable food growing and consumption and others. It is necessary to reflect on what we eat if we want to pursue sustainability in all the aspects of our life, this post is our starting point. Please share with us your reflections, tips and hot topics on it so we can create new posts answering or commenting on the most successful or controversial ones.