We all have a personal philosophy for our life that determines our food philosophy. Our personal philosophy affect the choices we make and why we make them. Simply put; your philosophy is your personal set of rules for living. Added to this I believe we should also strive to develop a healthy food philosophy as well. A set of rules, as it were, that would lead you through life to make the right food choices and would also encourage you to achieve and even maintain a healthy balanced diet.
Developing a Healthy Food Philosophy
So how should we begin to develop our food philosophy? That is easy. Take a close look at food: its function and purpose in your life. Here are some questions to get you started on your path to developing a healthy food philosophy.
- Why do you eat?
- What is your favourite dish and why?
- How do you feel when you eat a particular meal?
- How many times do you eat for the day?
- How do you space those meals?
- What are the size of the meals?
- Do certain foods remind you of childhood experiences or take you back to a certain time in your life?
- What do you remember?
A Good Food Philosophy Begin Here
Every decision made in shopping for food can be accompanied with a number of premeditated questions to help you with your buying decisions, another key area to your food philosophy development….
- How much does this food item cost?
- How much should I buy?
- Is this within my food budget?
- What is its expiry date?
- How long would these groceries last?
- Does that pack/can have a nutrition fact label and storage instructions?
As a rule, you should try to keep these questions as practical as possible to everyday life, so you would not feel annoyed while shopping. In developing my philosophy I have asked myself these and many other questions and I find that in so doing I come to terms with my family needs and how I view food. Quite possibly this examination of conscience could give you the answers to some eating habit that you never thought of.
This process is helpful in developing a healthy food philosophy. You should try it too. Personally my food philosophy allows me to enjoy food but at the same time it is done in moderation. I sometimes like to indulge in some food for just a short time, especially if it is something you haven’t eaten for a long time. But then I would balance it off by doing a bit of exercise. Of course, there are some foods I will not eat for one personal reason or another.
Your food philosophy is for you and, as I put it, ” no one is responsible for what you put in your mouth other than yourself!” What is also important, is to ensure food purchases are worth its value, while at the same time you don’t feel like you are starving yourself. After all, you need the energy for life’s demands.