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Hello readers and welcome to the FISD blog!

As the Nutrition Specialist for Flik Independent School Dining, I will be sharing information, ideas and recommendations on food and nutrition, especially as they relate to schools and children. I also hope to shed light on various topics and issues that may be confusing—there is a ton of information about nutrition and health floating around that isn’t all that clear, as well as information that is downright misleading.

We hope to open up a real conversation with this blog and encourage you to comment/provide feedback for ongoing dialogue.

2011 is here! The new calendar year always inspires us to make a fresh start, to make changes to better our lives. We make New Year’s resolutions in the hope of initiating these changes.

As we know (many of us from firsthand experience!), popular New Year’s resolutions involve health—whether losing weight, exercising more, or “eating healthier.”

But what if we took a step back this year and instead of resolving to take various concrete actions, we resolved to try to alter our mindsets?

Let me explain. These days, eating is something we have to “get done,” something to cross of the list to ensure we’re not hungry. Even in many of our schools, the time periods allotted for lunch or other mealtimes are tight because there are rigorous academics, sports programs, arts programs and other activities that compete for time and attention throughout the day.

Instead of looking at food as something to simply consume before our next activity or task, what if we considered the following:

* Where did this food come from? How was it grown or raised?

* How was it transported? Was there an environmental impact during production or transportation?

* Were the workers involved in the various processes of getting this food to the table treated fairly?

* How was it handled? How was it prepared? What was involved in preparation?

* How will this food benefit my body? Will it taste good? What are my surroundings as I eat this food?

* Does this food or meal have a basis in any particular culture or tradition?

The truth is, these questions matter.

This approach to food is at the heart of my philosophy as a nutrition professional, as well as the cornerstone of FISD. Food and mealtimes should be fun and delicious, built around the kind of high-quality foods and fresh ingredients that energize and satisfy students on-the-go.

While it’s unrealistic to have a lengthy inner dialogue at every meal or subject every morsel of food to a checklist before it hits your lips, it’s important to be curious about our food—about what we put into our bodies. Heightened consciousness may lead to changing behaviors because it involves a change in mindset and priorities. If healthy, quality food is a priority, people generally do what they can to incorporate it into their lives.

Happy 2011! Here’s to Eating Well!

#schoolfood #mindfuleating

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