"Eat food, not too much, mostly plants." -Michael Pollan
My philosophy is simple. Eat whole, minimally processed foods as often as you can. Choose the highest-quality foods whenever possible, and be open to incorporating more plant-based foods into your diet. Most importantly, know that there is no such thing as a perfect diet and indulgences are important to have balance in life.
Mindful eating is at the core of my nutrition philosophy. I have a deep understanding of the complexity that is human nutrition. I also understand that far too often nutrition and exercise professionals focus in too tightly on specific macro and micro nutrients, prescribed calorie limits, and specific exercise programs and in doing that, miss the bigger picture.
Our relationship to food is a deeply personal one. The relationship can reflect our attitudes towards ourselves and the environment around us. Practicing mindful eating can bring awareness of our individual thoughts, feelings, and motivations towards food and health.
Mindful eating is:
- living fully in the moment during a meal
- bringing full attention to the act of eating a meal
- learning to recognize your body cues for hunger and fullness
- paying attention to your emotions, thoughts, and physical sensations
- becoming aware of the opportunities to make healthy choices
- choosing foods that are both satisfying and nourishing
- the possibility of freeing oneself from reactive, habitual food behaviors
- utilization of all senses during a meal
- acknowledging responses to food, likes and dislikes, without judgement
- allowing hunger and satiety cues to guide eating decisions
- acceptance of unique eating experiences
- awareness of the connection between the health of ourselves, the planet, and the food system
A plant-based eating philosophy is simple, focus on plant foods first. While a plant-based eating philosophy is largely vegan and vegetarian there is room for animal foods as well. I like to think of them as the side dish versus the main course. Plant-based foods provide an abundance of nutrients, antioxidants, phytochemicals, and fiber which are essential for optimal health. Plant-based foods include: whole grains, beans, lentils, nuts, vegetables, and fruit.