Dalina Soto MS, RDN
Dalina Soto MS, RDN is a Bilingual, Latina Registered Dietitian based in Philadelphia. She is a powerful leader and passionate advocate for building nourishing new narratives for us, that don’t include depriving ourselves of the cultural foods we grew up eating. She’s been featured and quoted in Well+Good, NY Times, and Harvard’s TH Chan School of Public Health Podcast. Check out her work and learn more here.
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An excerpt from Dalina‘s writing…
The world of food and nutrition can be confusing, and as we navigate through it, the notion of “healthy foods” pops up. Due to different ideologies about this subject matter, we become blasted with questions and/or concerns about what we “should” eat and what we “shouldn’t” eat, plus the kind of food that is “bad” and “good” for us.
In reality though, the idea of “healthy” isn’t solely about unique nutrients or avoiding specific food; it is simply about wholeness. Whatever makes your body feel whole, is by very definition, “healthy”. One key catch though – you need to learn how to listen to your body to know what whole feels like, for you.
What is Wholeness?
The sense that something is full, complete, and integrated is what is referred to as wholeness. In the backdrop of food, we can refer to wholeness as considering food that makes us feel completely satisfied, instead of basing what’s whole on certain ingredients and/or nutrients.
One way to easily determine this is think of a food, a moment really, where you ate something and felt perfectly content just from one bite. Maybe you were already full, maybe the full was just sooo good (or so rich and thick).