But, according to dietitian and family therapist Ellyn Satter, positive eating habits have more to do with eating attitudes and behaviors than the foods you choose. Satter emphasizes that people should enjoy what they’re eating and focus on food competence.
Food competence comes down to feeding yourself faithfully and giving yourself permission to eat. People who eat competently tend to weigh less and have a more stable weight than those who don’t.
Three of the primary elements of eating competently are:
- Creating a structure around your eating habits.
- Creating an experience around eating.
- Trusting yourself to get interested in new foods.