We use food to show love in so many ways. However, when we use food to show we care, we have to do just that…care. We know that food can both heal and harm, so serving foods to others that we know will harm their bodies and/or their minds doesn’t seem loving at all.
When we bring in the candy or the donuts thinking we are helping others, we are forgetting about those that are working to avoid these potentially harmful foods. Many turn to the old adage, “then they don’t have to eat it.” However, it’s just not that simple.
Research-based evidence suggests foods high in sugar (or sugar substitutes), salt, and/or fat can trigger the pleasure sensors in the brain, leaving us wanting more.
When feeding others, we need to be aware of the effects of unhealthy, processed foods on others’ bodies and minds. We can do better for each other. Try ideas like these instead:
- Bring on the fruit bowl. Having fresh fruit available will encourage healthy eating and reduce the consumption of sugary sweets.
- Share other healthy snacks such as veggies, nuts, seeds, whole grain breads and dairy products.
- Offer to cover for each other during breaks and lunches to avoid snacking at your desk. Stepping away from work areas allows for relaxation and stress relief.
Recipes: Potluck recipes, fruit-based desserts