One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.
This statement speaks volumes about how very important food and nutrition is to us physically, emotionally, and psychologically. Having counseled individuals from children to seniors, I have come to realize my philosophy, or the five food commandments, that guide my practice:
- Food is more than what is on your plate. It might be your mother’s homemade chicken soup, or grandpa’s legendary chilli, but food absolutely takes on meaning.
- Why feel deprived? The words ‘food’ and ‘deprived’ should never be in the same sentence.
- Goodbye guilt. Individuals should not be made to feel guilty about their food choices. Just as everyone has a different set of fingerprints, we all have unique ways of eating. Sure, there might be ways we could improve our habits, but one style of eating does not fit all.
- Healthy can be tasty. Experimenting with new flavours, herbs, and spices can add some excitement to meals. Roll up your sleeves, play around in the kitchen, and see what your tastebuds tell you.
- All foods fit in a balanced diet. Carrots, chips, tofu, or muffins, there is place in every eating pattern for all foods (in the right portions and frequencies, of course).