Applying the be more with less lifestyle to food doesn’t mean eating boring food or the same food every day, but it does mean thinking about where your food comes from, and how you want to eat it. It means eating food that is not only good for you, but also makes you feel good. (note: there is a difference between “this cheesecake makes me feel good right now” and “this food choice gives me great energy and makes me feel good overall”. I know from experience!)
Food: Fuel or Friend?
When we start to think of food as just fuel, we lose the desire to think about creative ways to eat. If you remove the pleasure from dining, why bother cooking at all? Why bother setting the table, lighting candles or packing a beautiful lunch in a picnic basket? The focus on the dining experience can be as important to your health as the food choice.
Of course, we want to eat healthy foods that contain amazing vitamins, minerals and nutrients to keep your body strong and lean, but we need to think about the packaging. Do you want those things in a can or from a beautiful piece of fruit. Do you want to take 40 different pills/vitamins, drink protein shakes, and eat diet bars, or do you want to enjoy a simple meal?
I know time is a big factor. Sometimes the last thing I want to hear is “What’s for dinner?”. That being said, with some simple planning and a new look at food, that question can be easily answered, and happily served.
Eat Less. You Have Enough.
There are great health benefits to eating less but if you don’t take time to pay attention, you will often overeat. When you are sitting down,enjoying a meal instead of fueling up in the car, on the way to work, your body will start to recognize signals that you’ve had enough. In many cases, we overeat, because on some level, we always want to be sure we have enough. Maybe, you don’t think you have enough in other areas of your life, so you make sure to fill up with food. I think this is the same reason some people shop too much. By simplifying other areas of your life, you will come to find that you really do have enough.