At the dawn of a new year, you may be taking a closer look at what or how you’re eating. Congratulations! Becoming more aware of your eating habits is an important step toward making changes to them. But did you know that what (and how much) we eat is a lot more complicated than logically deciding what (and how much) to put in our mouths?
What we eat is often more than just personal will – it’s also about our surroundings, including what’s available and what’s distracting us. Food choices involve complex decision-making processes and multiple spheres of influence, including family, culture, environmental cues, social situations, government policies, genetics, doctor’s orders — not to mention taste, price, marketing, and availability. It can be hard out there for an aspiring healthy eater.
In fact, many experts call the American food landscape obesigenic – which means that it actually promotes obesity. While we can’t change the world overnight, there are plenty of simple things we can do today to make our personal eating environments more conducive to healthy eating. The best part is, most of these solutions are the fix-it-and-forget-it type. Here are 10 easy ways to change your personal food landscape for better health. (More…)