Do you have positive or negative thoughts about nutrition?

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Like it or not, we humans tend to emphasize the negative, a concept known as negativity bias. For example, considering unpleasant encounters more than positive ones, we respond more strongly to negative stimuli, focusing our attention more quickly on negative information. From an evolutionary perspective, this has served us well. Our caveperson ancestors were vulnerable to immediate environmental threats such as predators, so responding quickly to negative stimuli helped ensure survival, whereas admiring a beautiful sunset did not.

Fortunately, we modern humans don’t have to avoid saber-toothed tigers or remember which berries are poisonous, but our negativity bias still remains, which generally doesn’t serve us well today. When I talk to people who want to make changes in how they eat, they often come off as negative. I need to stop eating X, or I want to limit Y, or I can’t control myself around Z. If you tend to think this way too, here are some ways to reframe your nutrition mindset to emphasize the positive.

Think inclusion, not exclusion. If you feel like your current way of eating isn’t as nutritious as you’d like it to be, think about the foods you want to bring into your life and your meals. Do you want to eat more vegetables, more fish, more grains? Would your breakfast and snacks make you feel fuller if you added more protein? When you add healthy foods that support your health and well-being, it tends to naturally crowd out foods that don’t support you.

Remember that food is your friend. Food has nourished and sustained you throughout your life and will continue to do so. Despite the tendency of many celebrity doctors and wellness influencers to throw around words like toxic and poison when talking about food, there are no foods or food groups that will destroy your health in the context of various, balanced diet (ie, anything can be dangerous in excess, even broccoli and water). Wheat, meat, eggs, dairy, nightshade vegetables, fruit, nonorganic produce none of these healthy foods are the dietary devils that are often made of them, except in the case of diagnosed food allergy or intolerance (such as celiac disease). In those cases, obviously, the particular offending food or part of the food should be avoided.

Eat foods you enjoy, make you feel good and make it easier to live a meaningful life. If the way you eat doesn’t make you happy (even if it’s healthy), or if you don’t feel good after eating, that’s a huge clue that you could benefit from a change. For example, if your diet has a set of strict rules that make it impossible to socialize with friends over food because you have nothing to eat, and you are required to cook everything from scratch even though it feels burdensome and stressful , then loosen the reins. bit may ultimately be better for your mental, and even physical health. Or, if the way you eat leaves you constantly hungry, tired and grumpy or perhaps too full, lethargic and uncomfortable there is clearly room for positive change.

Part of creating a positive mindset about food means considering not just nutrition, but how you relate to food and eating. If you fear certain foods or feel guilty about what or how much you eat, your relationship with food will be unhealthy regardless of the actual health of what you put in your mouth. Just some food for thought.


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