6 Principles for Focusing on Quality Over Quantity
Guest Blogger: Gina Martini (www.FullOnHappiness.com)
The phrase quality over quantity is a popular one in our culture. Loosely, it translates to focusing on the actual quality of the things you have in your life vs. the amount of things you have in your life. To me it’s similar to ‘less is more’ or ‘a little goes a long way.’
Lately, I’ve noticed a lot of discussion around minimalism. Ever since The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo swept the nation, many people are waking up to the fact that they don’t need a ton of stuff to make them happy. I believe that there is a deeper understanding happening that happiness and fulfillment truly do come from within, and living with excess can feel chaotic and overwhelming.
The definition of quality is: the degree of excellence of something.
The definition of quantity is: a specific amount of something.
We often hear this concept used in relationships. Would you rather have a handful of quality relationships or a huge quantity of relationships? Often times we think that more is better, but typically it’s not the case.
It doesn’t take much to make us happy, that I know for sure!
How can we apply this same philosophy to food? I often start my clients with the concept of quality over quantity. For so long they’ve been fixated on quantity: How much should I eat? How many calories should I consume? They’ve been so conditioned to focus on the numbers or the points, that they’ve ignored the type of food they’re consuming.
Applying the simple principle of quality over quantity can shift them into making wiser decisions for themselves and can contribute to better health overall. It can lead to greater satiation, more balance, and sustained energy.
Here are 6 principles to apply when shifting into the quality over quantity mindset when it comes to food:
- Simplify. Choose simple ingredients. It doesn’t need to be that complicated. Start with the basics. You don’t need to whip up some complicated recipe with an elaborate sauce and a food processor and 16 different steps. Combine very basic foods together and actually taste their deliciousness. It doesn’t take a scientist to eat healthy. Think about the whole foods you were drawn to as a kid.
- Eat close to the earth. Think about the amount (‘quantity’) of steps it takes to get from the earth into your mouth. The less steps typically translates into the higher quality of food. Think how many steps the processed food has to go through to get to your mouth. Take fast food for instance… it’s a lot! And it’s one of the lowest quality foods you can put in your body.
- If you can’t pronounce it... it usually means it’s not that high quality. Many chemicals listed on ingredient lists have very long and complicated names. And, they’re just that… chemicals that have altered the food or preservatives that make it last longer. These typically aren’t natural for your body to consume.
- Focus on your feelings. No, this isn’t therapy, but there is a major difference between how Oreos make us feel vs. how an apple with almond butter and cacao powder do. Both can satisfy a sweet tooth, but one leaves us feeling different than the other. Processed sugar can temporarily spike our mood with a pleasure hit of endorphins, but then can cause us to crash and ‘feel low.’ Whereas the nutrients in the latter can stabilize our blood sugar and leave us feeling content for a long period of time.
- Color it up. I talk about this all the time, but it’s such an important one. Eat a rainbow of foods. Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple. Quality foods are usually the ones with vibrant colors. Focus on those!
- Sloooowwww Dowwwwnnnn. This could be an obvious one, but part of quality over quantity is savoring the quality of foods you’re putting in. Taste them. Chew them. Swallow them. Visualize them digesting in your body working their nutrient magic on your system.
When you focus on these 6 principles and less on exactly how much you are consuming, things usually start to fall into place. You may notice weight begin to fall off, better mood, better sleep, and more energy overall.
Ask yourself: where else in your life can you apply this quality over quantity rule? See how your life transforms!
Gina is a Transformational Nutrition Coach supporting women on making peace with food and living in a body they love. She teaches real food nutrition, self-love, spirituality, and authentic happiness. You can find her at www.fullonhappiness.com or on Instagram & Facebook. Sign up for her Overcome Overeating Guide here.