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Have you ever thought about your family’s unique food culture? Does everyone enjoy eating a variety of foods? Are meals peaceful or a point of contention? Does everyone feel like they are getting enough to eat or is there lots of complaining and even negotiating? Is nutritional food scoffed at or embraced?
I never really thought much about “family food culture” until I spoke with Megrette Fletcher M.Ed., R.D., CDE, registered dietitian, diabetes educator, and mindful eating expert. She is author of Discover Mindful Eating for Kids, blogs at Mindful Eating for Kids and is co-founder of The Center for Mindful Eating.
There seems to be many different definitions for mindfulness but I’ve always viewed it as being aware without judgment. “It’s just trying to bring yourself to the present moment with no other goals,” Fletcher says. She uses the example of a child’s eating. When being mindful you don’t care if they eat the broccoli or not, you just want to know their experience of the broccoli. Mindful eating is simply bringing mindfulness to the eating experience.
Mindfulness is especially helpful in solving problems because it helps you see things as they really are, instead of through the distorted lens of good or bad. For example, once you have deemed your child’s not eating broccoli as “bad,” you are more likely to react instead of just accepting it. Fletcher explains that with this type of awareness, people are better equipped to make good choices.
So today, with help from Megrette Fletcher, we are using a simple, 4-step mindful strategy to transform your family’s food culture. (more…)