National Nutrition Month (often abbreviated NNM) is an annual nutrition education campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Direct from the Academy, “The theme for 2016 is "Savor the Flavor of Eating Right," which encourages everyone to take time to enjoy food traditions and appreciate the pleasures, great flavors and social experiences food can add to our lives. How, when, why and where we eat are just as important as what we eat. Develop a mindful eating pattern that includes nutritious and flavorful foods — that's the best way to savor the flavor of eating right!”
By paying attention to your own hunger and fullness signals, you can enjoy food without the guilt that so often accompanies the latest fad diet. Here are a few Intuitive Eating tips:
- Enjoy your food. Put down your cell phone, turn off the TV, and focus on your food. How does it smell and taste? What does the texture feel like? Is the food hot or cold? Salty or sweet? Focus on each bite to truly experience what you’re eating.
- Honor your hunger. Don’t wait until you’re ravenous to eat. Keep your body fueled properly to prevent overeating.
- Challenge the food police. There are no ‘good’ or ‘bad’ foods, so don’t let yourself fall into the trap of labeling food, or how you ate during the day as ‘good’ or ‘bad’. How you eat during your lifespan is what matters – not one particular food, meal, or week.
Join us in celebrating National Nutrition Month!
Lisa Nolting, Registered Dietitian with ISU Dining
Reference: Tribole, E. and Resch, E. Intuitive eating: a revolutionary program that works. St. Martin’s Press: New York, NY, 2012.