What we eat affects our energy level, our moods, and our overall health. Optimizing not only what we eat but how we eat can prevent chronic disease and lead to physical and emotional well-being.
In our clinical programs, information on proper nutrition is an integral part of our curriculum and one of the five main elements of mind/body medicine. We emphasize that a good diet not only helps people stay healthy, but also can improve and/or prevent the progression of some chronic medical problems.
Our nutritional guidelines are developed specifically for each patient population by our staff dietitian, who also presents and answers questions at one session of each program.
While there are a host of opinions regarding the foods that are best for optimal health, the Benson-Henry Institute provides these extensively researched recommendations that have been extensively researched to prevent chronic diseases:
Mindful eating is another strategy that can control calorie intake. By slowing the pace of eating, we enhance our ability to appreciate the flavors and textures of our food. This healthy habit can lead to benefits not experienced when we eat quickly or distractedly:
Eating should be an enjoyable experience, especially when we can find a pleasant setting and enough time (at least 20 minutes is recommended) to savor a meal. Unfortunately, we too often gulp our food to keep up with our fast-paced lives. That is why mindful eating, even if it's for only a few minutes, can bring added awareness and pleasure to an activity crucial to our emotional and physical health.
This article was provided by Mind/Body Medical Institute.