January is the ideal month to savour all that's nice and new in your life. And to spend time looking ahead to the rest of the year. Anticipating the good things to come can really amplify your sense of happiness in the present.
What we eat can trigger a sense of enjoyment, indulgence, guilt, satisfaction or some other feeling. We often cook as a way of caring. We eat "comfort" foods and share meals with family and friends to foster a sense of connectedness. When we're stressed, angry, sad, lonely or bored, our emotions can trigger "bad" eating. Fundamentally, our food choices are about nourishing our bodies, minds and relationships. But they're complicated by a lifetime of food-related memories, pressure to "eat right for the environment," and fear of being judged for our food choices - often silently and without taking into consideration budget and time constraints.