Mindfulness is all about being self-aware and focusing on the present moment. It is a practice that can help you step away from habitual, often unconscious thoughts and feelings in order to live with more clarity, insight and understanding.
When applied to eating habits and diet choices, mindfulness can make a huge difference to health and well-being.
To see the differences for yourself, try these simple practices:
Processed foods contain preservatives and artificial sweeteners, colourings and flavourings that fill your body with chemicals and calories. Choosing fresh, whole food on a regular basis will provide nourishment and satisfaction. Growing your own food and cooking at home are the best ways to get food in the purest and freshest form.
Chew your food slowly
Taking time to chew your food slowly and savour every mouthful has numerous benefits. Not only does it aid smoother digestion, it also ensures your body absorbs more nutrients from food, and in the long-term promotes weight management.
Plate up well
The portions on your plate are just as important as the ingredients of your food. Fill your plate with vegetables and fruit first then adding meat and finishing off with the grains – if you have included them in your meal. This will help you to keep on top of your portions and get the best protein to carbohydrate ratio.
Be mindful of your snacking habits by avoiding sweet treats and choosing healthy alternatives such as avocado, nuts, seeds, or fruit for a mid-morning or afternoon snack. Healthy fats will provide energy to your brain throughout the day – keeping you full and alert.
When you’re travelling – whether you’re in a car, a plane or on a train – cravings can be hard to ignore. Packing healthy snacks such as cereal bars, carrot sticks and hummus or fruit will help you to avoid tucking into fatty or sugary foods on the way.