Enjoy Food Traditions and Social Experiences: There is definitely a social component to eating. Research indicates that family meals often promote healthier eating and strengthen family relationships.

Mindful Eating: Take time to appreciate the flavors, textures and overall eating experience. In today’s busy world, we often eat quickly and mindlessly. Instead, savor your food, eating slowly to focus on the different flavors and textures. Stop and take time in between bites. This not only allows you to enjoy your food, but it also can help you eat less by giving your stomach time to tell your brain you are full.

Consult a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist: A healthy lifestyle is much more than choosing to eat more fruits and vegetables. It’s also essential to make informed food choices based on your individual health and nutrient needs. Hendersonville Pediatrics can help. We have our own Licensed Nutritionist who specializes in weight management and diabetes prevention.