2 May 2013 Refreshing the Family History of Eating

Many of us are quick to blame our family’s history of poor food choices for our current weight, and while there are studies showing generational links, there is also within us the power to change past mistakes into future triumphs. At the heart of the battle are habit and philosophy. Here is how we can enact the right changes to break bad habits and alter a poor and inherited eating philosophy.

Remember, your parent’s lives and your life are not the same. It may be worthwhile to have a Q&A with your parents about how they grew up and why they ate what they did. But more than that ask about how many meals they ate at home versus dining out, how often they shopped for food, where did they shop, why, and what was available to them for fresh fruits and vegetables. Ask them about their own parents; what did they learn and like about their eating habits; what did they dislike.

Then dive deeper with questions for them, and for yourself. Such as, why did you choose the foods you did — was it for its nutritional value, or more for taste? Did food have to look good, or just satisfy your hunger? Did you always eat when you were hungry, or just when you had time?

As you learn more about your family’s history with food, you will also learn more about your own. With this knowledge and research, you can begin to rewrite your own philosophy on food. Some new ways you can begin thinking about food are:

—I want to plan ahead for the majority of my meals, focusing and choosing particular foods and food groups each month. This will help me when I’m faced with last-minute eating decisions, as I can see how it will fit into my monthly eating plan.

—When I eat out, it is a luxury in that I have a choice — I can choose to ignore my goals or choose to embrace them. I hope to choose balance and nutrition when I eat out.

—Am I eating for pleasure, or because my food looks good, or am I eating because I understand what nutrients and calories are in my food? The former is not always a bad decision, but I plan to recognize it as such and adjust my other food intake in order to balance it.

—My job will not dictate my diet. I will find a way to eat when and what I need so I can get where I want to be.

—I will make time to enjoy my food, at least once every day.

—I will eat until I am nutritionally satisfied and not calorie saturated.

Hopefully we can treat this as a learning exercise, and one that brings us closer to understanding that we have a choice everyday to change our lives, and lifestyles, for the better instead of getting bogged down in the past.

Ryan Newhouse

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