Food for Thought

by Christina Di Lieto, RDN, CDN

We are often told what to eat (fruits, vegetables, lean protein, low-fat dairy products and whole grains); however, we are rarely told the why and how of eating. Mindful eating is an approach to food that focuses on an individual's awareness of the food and their experience (i.e., paying attention to our food on purpose, moment to moment, without judgment).                               
Take a moment to reflect on the last few times you ate. Were you...

•    Physically hungry, or did you eat for another reason? 
•    Eating while you were trying to complete another task?  
•    Watching television or scrolling through social media? 

In terms of cardiovascular health, some behaviors can be beneficial. Choosing foods low in sodium helps manage blood pressure. Finding healthy coping methods can provide more nutritious options than eating during stressful situations. Remaining mindful during meals and acknowledging your feelings may help prevent overeating. Minor lifestyle adjustments can yield significant results.

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Color vegetables and fruit with some fruit in a heart-shaped bowl.