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Eyes on Your Own Plate

There are lots of right ways to get the nutrition we need.

Updated 11/2020

“Eyes on your own paper”. Remember hearing this from a teacher when taking a test in school?  Let’s take this concept to mealtime.

Sharing food experiences has connected us throughout the ages, and now, even if we aren’t together, we can share these moments virtually. Loads of people share pictures of food on social media channels daily, and viewers have opinions about what they see.

Along with new ways to share food with people who aren’t at the table with us, we’ve also only had in-home refrigerators for about 100 years. Same with grocery stores. Imagine your world without a fridge. Imagine not having a store with “anything” your heart desired, or an on demand delivery system from most of your favorite restaurants.

Shifting our thinking and coming up with new ways to manage the plethora of choice makes total sense when you think of how much more we have to juggle and pick from.

Enjoy your choices. Feel good about them. If you feel the need to shift to better support your personal, evolving health goals, that’s fine, too.

There are lots of ways to get the nutrition we need. Remember that the next time you are viewing someone else’s food choices. There is room for variety.  Expression of ourselves through balanced food choices of all kinds is fine.  Think of it as part of the fun we have thanks to the affordable, abundant food supply farmers make possible.

Do what you need to for your own health and to support your personal choices, and remember that other people are probably trying to do that very same thing.

By Kim Kirchherr

I am a dietitian working in food and fiber (agriculture) through retail, addressing opportunities to make things better for people and planet.

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