Hello Loyal Soup People!
Let’s talk about getting back to basics. Waaayyyyy back… to when we were babies. When we are infants and toddlers, we don’t emotionally eat, mindlessly nosh, and sit down to meals at set schedules. We eat only when we are hungry and stop when we are satiated…. i.e. habits all of us aspire to have as adults!
At what point do we move away from this healthy approach to food? It really varies. We sometimes reward children for good behavior with sweet food. We don’t provide dessert until plates are clean. We provide comfort during difficult times with food. All of these practices lead to unhealthy eating habits.
So, how do we go back to our natural approaches to food? Mindfulness. Listening to our bodies. Staying in tune with signals. Chewing slowly and savoring each bite. Not eating according to a set schedule, but instead feeding ourselves when our bodies are asking for fuel. If we find ourselves reaching for sweets when needing comfort, recognize that this is probably a learned habit and not natural. Get back in tune with our original habits. And retraining our palates. Filling ourselves with healthy, nourishing food, and not empty calories.
Meal by meal, day by day, we can return to our natural eating habits. And the empty, mindless calories will fall away (along with some added pounds!).
*NOTE – Soupermom is not a licensed dietitian, doctor, personal trainer, or anything like that. She’s just extremely knowledgeable about healthy living!! But if you slip and fall while taking her advice, it is not her fault!
Marilyn Polon (Soupermom), Co-Founder and CAO (chief anxiety officer) has been worried about Soupergirl since the company launched in 2008. Actually, even before that. Her career has also been random and fascinating. After twenty years as a speech therapist, Soupermom changed careers and became a volunteer coordinator. She then had a wonderful stint as a docent at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. She was then dragged out of retirement by her daughter who insisted that they start a soup company. Could that be any more random?
All of the company’s recipes come from Soupermom’s kitchen. Honestly, she’s a testament to the power of healthy eating. Her hobbies include really long hikes, walking, doting on her granddaughters, and coming up with new recipes for Soupergirl. She is also a guru of all things health related but gets the words to every single song she sings incorrect. All of them. Loudly. Lastly, her laugh is contagious.