So, what exactly is ‘healthy’ eating? There are so many different viewpoints on this topic that it is extremely easy to get caught up in the confusion and just throw it into the too hard basket. This is particularly evident not only around the family dinner table but also in a setting like a child care centre where time and money are both limited resources. It has also become an issue in many households due to hectic and demanding schedules. That’s where Nourished Beginnings comes in. I can help remove the stress and confusion and make healthy eating super easy and fun. I believe that healthy eating comes down to a combination of things that make up your food philosophy or food values. It’s certainly not just about what food you eat.
At Nourished Beginnings, our food philosophy is broken down into four categories:
Simplistic – Nourishing – Educational – Joyful
And it all starts with: The Whole Food Principle
Whole food is food that is eaten as close to it’s natural state as possible. No additives, unprocessed, unrefined and little to no traces of chemicals. It is thinking about where our food comes from and the processes that are undertaken to get it to our plates. Whole food is enjoying the food we are eating whilst appreciating and understanding the nourishment it is giving our bodies. Wholefood is real food.
With hectic lives and busy centre schedules, we don’t often give our children the opportunity to learn to appreciate real food. We think that vegetables must be hidden in order to be eaten. This is where our society has lost it’s way. We are so busy in our lives we think it’s easier to hide vegetables than have to sit down and enjoy our meals with our children and talk about food. To explain the foods that are nourishing for our bodies and why. To explain that fast food is a sometimes food and why.
In a child care setting, and around the family dinner table you have the perfect opportunity to sit with the children and talk about food. To encourage them to try new foods. To explain what foods help them run faster, concentrate better, or make us feel better when we’re sick. This is crucial in setting them up for a healthy relationship with food for life.