Hastings & Prince Edward Public Health recognizes March as Nutrition Month. And the health unit has released several suggestions to help with healthy eating habits.
But they’re not about calorie counting or what not to eat. They’re about developing positive social habits.
The health unit suggests people be mindful of their emotions and environment as they eat. It also says it’s important to enjoy your food. That’s because eating is a form of self care and feeling satisfied after a meal or snack promotes mental and physical well-being.
Here is the full list of tips from Public Health.
- Mindful eating involves being present when eating. This includes noticing your emotions, environment, what you are eating and how you feel (both mentally and physically).
- Mindful eating allows you to be more connected to your eating experience.
- Next time you eat, try enjoying your meal or snack without distractions like your phone or the TV. Notice the tastes, smells, and textures of your food. Try tuning in to your body’s hunger and fullness cues as you eat.
Enjoying your food
- A healthy pattern of eating includes food we enjoy, food that makes us feel satisfied and full, and food that makes our bodies and minds feel their best.
- Eating is a form of self-care. Feeling satisfied and happy after a snack or meal promotes both mental and physical wellbeing.
- Having rules or restrictions for yourself around food can take the joy out of eating. Think about what you can add to your meals and snacks to help you enjoy your food more.
Cooking more often
- Cooking more often is a great way to support healthy eating behaviours. Cooking helps you learn about food while building skills and confidence in the kitchen.
- Cooking at home can promote creativity and the opportunity to experiment with food!
- Think about cooking one new recipe during the month of March.
Eating meals with others
- Eating with family, friends, neighbours, or co-workers can be a way to share traditions, bring people together and spend quality time with one another.
- Sitting down to eat is a chance to enjoy time together and talk about things that matter.
- Try eating with others as often as possible.
Keep in mind that there’s no one “right” way to eat. What healthy eating looks like is unique to you. What your body needs can change from day to day.
For more information about healthy eating behaviours, visit Canada’s Food Guide.