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How To Focus on Quality of Your Food, Not the Quantity

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We live in a world where more is more, and we are now beginning to pay the price. One of the best examples is the fact that we are all slowly becoming overweight. Even those that appear skinny can suffer from being “skinny fat,” or actually have fat around their organs. And the biggest culprit is our diet. But when we live in a world where we have so much food at our disposal, it’s hardly a surprise that we are all becoming unhealthy. So what is the solution? We need to focus on the quality of food, rather than the sheer volume that we put into our mouths. While this is easier said than done, here are a few practices that can get you going.

Focus on the Process of Preparing Food

Everybody gets food so easily, from microwave meals to drive-throughs, that the whole idea of preparing food has become non-existent. But for many people, the act of preparing food is a very meditative process, which can seem hard to achieve in the modern world. But you can start first thing in the morning, and look at the coffee you make. Rather than just getting your ready-made coffee, focus on getting some high quality coffee beans, a grinder and just understand how you can make an amazing cup of coffee. A lot of people like to drink cup after cup, but it’s usually the cheap and gritty coffee that only serves to give them the jitters. When you start to think about how you prepare food, you invest more time in the process, and you will enjoy it more.

Understand When You Are Overeating

We don’t always know when we are overeating. We can always find that we easily overeat because we don’t understand that we are. We can end up consuming too much in front of the television, or eating out of habit, and this is why it’s so important to understand when we are overeating. There are things you can do such as understanding your trigger foods, removing distractions, and avoiding stress eating. But there are other things that can help you become mindful of your eating practices. Chewing slower is one of those practices that you may not consider, especially if you don’t have much time, but you could greatly benefit your digestion by eating slower and chewing your food thoroughly. When you take your time to chew food, this does just increase your feelings of fullness but will reduce your overall food intake. Therefore, you will end up spending a lot less on food!

Stop Thinking About Calories…

We are all focused on what a calorie contains, but while you can track what you eat to record your eating habits if you are obsessed with calories, this is a big waste of time. For example, if you eat 100 calories of sugar, this will have a different effect on your body than 100 calories of vegetables. A calorie is not created equal. It’s far better for you to focus on satiety rather than the number of calories you consume. Because calories can serve different purposes, especially when they are in vegetables or nuts, it’s far better for you to stop obsessing over calories. A lot of people think that they have to religiously count their calories so they will stay a certain weight. But this is why it’s far better for you to focus on the quality of your foods.

…And Focus on Nutrients

Good quality food is going to help you in the long run because when you focus on nutrient-dense foods, you don’t need to worry about calories. When you eat right, this is going to promote a healthier lifestyle. Because we live in an age where we focus on calories, and we have a lot of temptation in the guise of sugary foods, we end up being in a nutrient deficit. It’s important to remember that what we put into our bodies is what matters most of all. Because if you eat right, this will promote a healthier lifestyle and everything else will fall into place. This means you will have a healthier weight, your body will function better, and you will be less prone to illness. Nutrients need to come from our food, but it’s also important that, when we are not getting enough of the right nutrients, we use a supplement. But this doesn’t give us a licence to eat whatever we want and make up for it by having a good quality multivitamin. And this is for the very simple reason that we will be overweight, unhealthy, and will be prone to illnesses. No multivitamin will be able to cure this!

Recognise the Journey Your Meal Has Been On

If you are constantly hungry, and you are forever gorging on unhealthy snacks, when it comes to focusing on good quality food, it’s a good lesson for us to understand the journey our meal has undergone. When you look at something like a chicken, everything that that chicken has gone through to deliver one egg could make you think twice about overindulgence. Of course, there are people who need more calories in their lives, for example, people who are exercising more. But for most of us, understanding that our food has gone on a journey, and potentially undergone certain processes will make us think twice about how much we consume.

Practice Intermittent Fasting

No doubt you will have heard of intermittent fasting, and while there’s plenty of health benefits of doing this, if you are looking for a way to focus on your food quality, reducing the number of meals you eat during a day will make you realise how much you normally consume. You can obviously track the number of meals you have, but undertaking an intermittent fasting protocol, such as the 16/8 method, where you fast for 16 hours and eat for 8, means that you will reduce your number of meals, but you will also feel fuller after eating them. Intermittent fasting may seem scary for some people but we have to remember that we didn’t all have three square meals a day. There is a benefit to not eating, especially if you are trying to focus on the quality of your foods.

Think About Making Food Go Further

We need to focus on sustainability, and many of us think that we need more food than our bodies actually want. And when we start to think about the quality of our foods, especially if we invest more money into our foods, we are more to make our food go further. While there are many people who only buy organic and they have the luxury to throw food away if they don’t use it, there are so many things that we can all do to make sure that our food is going further. For example, you can freeze food, but you can also become more involved in growing your own foods. To be sustainable, you couldn’t start to grow your own fruits and vegetables. This is one of the best ways to help us focus on the quality of our food because we are in charge of it.

Everybody is starting to feel the pinch due to rising fuel and living costs, we’ve got to figure out a way to make everything go further. Nobody likes to go without, as far as food is concerned, but perhaps focusing on the food quality rather than quantity could make a massive difference to everyone.

Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 daughters and a son, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting and gardening brands.

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