Why I’m Changing My Mindset About Food (& the Importance of Mindset Shifts)

I’ve always had a somewhat unpopular mindset about food: I see food as fuel.

Sure, there are plenty of times when I enjoy the foods I like. (Ahem, cheese plate and wine, anyone?) But, in general, I have historically displeased plenty a dinner guest when I don’t season food, take the extra time to add a little love, or savor a meal like others might.

So…I’ve decided a little food mindset shift is in order. Why, you ask? Glad you have, dear reader, as there are a few reasons. (And these reasons may help you shift your mindset on the same – or similar – issues.)

Love

It wasn’t until I met my husband that I truly saw the love a person could have for food. But, more than that, I saw how he – and his family – use food to show their love. It’s engrained into their culture, and into their love languages.

Infusing food with love – or showing that bit of extra care and thought – has helped me start to re-structure the way I think about both making and enjoying food.

Fun

Another way I’ve learned to enjoy food through my husband is how he has fun with it. As an example, when we travel, we both enjoy new experiences. More specifically, he likes to enjoy food as he learns a new culture or country we visit.

Having fun with food – and learning through it – has also shown me a new way to experience meals past experiencing them as fuel.

Balance

As with all things, there is a balance and harmony to all things. Not every meal needs to be infused with love and fun, but some certainly can be. There should be a balance there.

What if we all took a little more time appreciating the love and care that went into our meal? Or learned about its cultural significance, history, or simply more about where it originated from?

Sure, we’ll always have our power bars fo on-the-go snacks and spastic breakfasts made as we’re nearly late to work in the morning. But consider with me to start changing your mindset about food – or something else in your life, for that matter!


What is your experience with food – are you a “food is fuel” person historically too? 

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Born/bred in MD. Raised in ME. Transplant to FL. Entrepreneur, wife, writer, puppy momma, Scorpio, fitness/nutrition enthusiast, eternal optimist.
I’m a strong, passionate, intense woman who has a thirst for life, knowledge, love, and the never-ending question of the meaning of life. I figure I’m bound to find it sooner or later.

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