As an exercise lover who has recently begun paying much attention to the integral role that food consumption can play in altering one’s level of fitness, I have recently become aware of the meaning and implication of the term “food consciousness.” Although defined diversely, food consciousness basically references one’s level of understanding with respect to issues such as which foods are best and worse for self and the environment. Increasing your level of food consciousness is important for many reasons, including the fact that it can help you lead a healthier life. There are several things that I have done to increase my food consciousness, and I think these tips and tricks will be effective for you also.
1. Use Cronometer.
I stumbled across Cronometer while perusing a health forum in which individuals were sharing information and experiences pertaining to their lifestyles and habits on a raw diet. One person had recommended that another individual use Cronometer to help give them a better understanding of what they were putting in their bodies. Based on my exposure to this tool, I decided to give it a try. Doing so has been personally rewarding for many reasons. First, Cronometer will tell you how many calories are in the food you eat. Thus if you log in everything you eat for one day, you’ll know exactly how many calories you consumed during that period of time. Additionally, Cronometer will tell you other relevant information about your food consumption such as which vitamins and minerals are in the things you eat. This has been very helpful to me as I like to monitor my iron intake to make sure my levels are correct.
2. Eat Slowly.
Because we live in a society that oftentimes promotes a “go go go” mentality, we oftentimes eat our meals very quickly. In fact, the food industry has capitalized on this concept by creating meal on the go entrees as well as meal bars and shakes designed for individuals who don’t have time to sit down at a table and consume their food. This emerging reality is devastating for many reasons, including the fact that individuals who don’t eat slowly oftentimes do not gain the opportunity to discern whether or not their minds and bodies are responding well to the food they have consumed. By eating slowly, you enable yourself to actually enjoy the taste of your food and gauge whether or not it is moving through your digestive system with relative ease.
In order to fully understand the implications of food and how it pertains to you and the environment, it is important that you read diversely on the issue. If you want to learn more about the concept of food consciousness, you might enjoy “Raise Your Food Consciousness.” You may also benefit from learning more about the value of eating fresh fruits and vegetables by reading “The 80/10/10 Diet” by Dr. Douglas Graham. You may not find yourself agreeing with all of the ideas presented in this type of literature, but it is important to peruse because it provides you with the information necessary to begin formulating your own opinions about the subject of food. Make sure that you’re reading from a plethora of sources so that you can attain a balanced understanding of the issue.
As I learn more and more about food, I find that I grow healthier and happier. With this fact in mind, I think that raising your own food consciousness will enable you to do the same. Good luck!