Eating With Awareness | Lindsay Ostrom

Warm Balsamic Kale Salad | Pinch of Yum

In our Healthy + Whole series, we’ve explored a wide range of topics from guilt, moderation, emotional health, judgement, making time, farmers markets, and finding inspiration. Our goal has been to inspire healthy living by offering resources on how to cook and eat a whole foods diet. Another aim is to hear from a range voices about their perspectives on healthy eating. We’re happy today to feature our friend Lindsay from Pinch of Yum. Lindsay was one of the first people we met online through our blog, and later came to know in “real” life. She’s become a dear friend of ours, and a stellar blogger to boot. We caught up with her here to ask her how she approaches healthy eating. Thank you so much, Lindsay, for sharing with us! (Pictured above is Warm Balsamic Kale Salad from Pinch of Yum.)  

Food. I love it all, from fresh veggie salads to loaded french fries to the most extra large chocolate chip cookies. Because I love all kinds of food, and because I make food all the time, it’s important to me conscientious about what I eat. Over time I’ve become a believer in the idea that healthy eating means awareness. There are three ways in which I try to be aware of what I eat: taste, nutrition, and emotion.

Taste: I try to be extremely aware of the taste, texture, and quality of food that I eat. When I eat the occasional bacon cheeseburger loaded with all the fixings and a fried egg (just saying), I want to appreciate that for what it is. Which is… delicious. The same goes for a bright, crunchy salad or colorful stir fry – I try to really pay attention of the flavors, the textures, even just the bright colors because I want to truly appreciate the food instead of mindlessly eating. Alex and Sonja did another post on this that really resonated with me (Eating Mindfully).

Nutrition: I try to be aware of not only the taste of foods that I love, but also what they’re doing to my body. That bold, spicy lentil soup? Knowing that I’m getting tons of fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants makes me fall in love with it even more and appreciate the food for what it is: awesome! PS. LENTILS FOR LIFE.

Emotion: Sometimes I look out the window and it’s romantically snowing (hi, Minnesota) and I need a jumbo frosted pumpkin muffin and a creamy chai tea latte right this minute because it just fits the mood. Food and emotions are so intertwined for most of us, and that’s one of the reasons I love cooking. Acknowledging those feelings and knowing how they affect my decision making is really important for helping me to make balanced choices. Regardless of whether I decide to eat the cinnamon roll or not, the awareness of the decision making process is the most important thing to me.

For me, healthy eating means understanding your choices, choosing intentionally, and loving your food for what it gives you!

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Slowing Down
Be Bold
Get Inspired
What We Eat
On Food and Guilt
On Food and Judgement
Eat Mindfully
From Inspiration to Recipe
On Food and Money
All Things in Moderation
Emotionally Healthy Eating

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.


  • Reply
    Tammy D
    January 24, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Yes to lentils! And chickpeas!

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    [email protected]
    January 25, 2014 at 9:17 am

    I can not thank you enough for these post. I have struggled with my eating habits in the past and I really wish people could see these things without having to go through what i been through. Everyone needs to read this series!

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    Caroline Hurley
    January 26, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    I just love this post. Those three elements play such a crucial role in our eating behavior and can really limit us in not only what we eat, but in how we enjoy what we eat. And that salad…is gorgeous! Full of so many of my favorite ingredients! Pinning now!

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