Many tend to view food as an obstacle and have negative feelings towards eating.
In fact, according to a study by the National Eating Disorder Association, as high as 50% of adults have an unhealthy relationship with food, exercise, or their bodies.
Food is needed to sustain our bodies. And how lucky we are that we have easy access to obtain all of the nourishment that our bodies need!
Try one of these little exercises below that are meant to help you approach your diet with an attitude of thankfulness.
🥫 Seph Fontane Pennock White Bean Exercise For Appreciation
Seph Fontane Pennock is the founder of Positive Psychology and he created a simple, out-of-the-box, little exercise for appreciation.
Step 1: Buy a can of white beans.
Step 2: For dinner that night, open the can of beans and eat them with a spoon. Do not warm them up or season them. Do not have anything else to eat that night. Just your can of beans.
Step 3: Appreciate that you are able to eat all sorts of foods from all over the world pretty much at any time, on any given day. We can walk into any grocery store and purchase exactly what we need – an everyday convenience that is easy to overlook but definitely warrants appreciation.
🍓 Fruit Appreciation Activity
Step 1: List as many different fruits as you can.
Step 2: Visualize all of the people or resources who made it possible for you and your family to enjoy these fruits.
Step 3: Write down, or draw if doing with kids, all of the people, tools, and natural elements necessary to produce the fruit.
Step 4: Think about how you might show gratitude to all of the people who helped get the fruit from the ground to your house. (example: thank the farmer at a farmer’s market, thank the grocery store worker, write a letter to a local farmer, etc.)
Step 5: Remember to be grateful next time you enjoy a piece of fruit.
What a privilege it is that we can provide our bodies with vitamins, minerals, and nutrients every day!
Would you try the bean exercise for appreciation??