Since childhood, we have been exposed to Dr. Mommy, she says “your thoughts and your food make you a healthy human”. That to me defined mindfulness from the time I was growing up.
Before you proceed to reading the article, don't forget to tune in to The Wellevate Life Podcast on Spotify and all other leading podcast host. Click here to Listen the latest episode of the podcast on Spotify
The question is – Did I always follow it? Absolutely Not !! Every time I went off rhythm, my body would remind me by making me feel uneasy. At times I would feel sluggish and that would automatically affect my entire system.
We have grown up hearing – we are what we eat. A few years ago I was attending a lecture and I heard “we are not what we eat, we are what we digest” (Dr. Harald Stossier – VIVAMAYR). That immediately raised more curiosity.
This curiosity helped me to find my rhythm and what mindful eating means : Intention and Attention. Eating with the Intention of caring about yourself and the attention is necessary to notice the food one is eating and its effects on the body. This helps in acknowledge your response to food without judging.
A pantry makeover positively supports one’s decision to become a more mindful eater, because you’re removing foods/ingredients that would normally distract/deter you on your health journey.
Instead of worrying about what you CAN’T eat, ask yourself what CAN I eat.
The challenge is not to develop a rhythm but to realise the effect, once you realise it, you are aware, you feel healthier. So why wouldn’t one follow it?
My tips on what helped me create the rhythm of thoughtful eating:
Wake up, Eat, Exercise and Sleep around the same time every day.
Spend at least 15 – 20 minutes eating every meal
Eat meals in a peaceful surrounding
Chew every bite 30 times and taste your food
No device, no business or discussion on disturbing topics
Distinguish between appetite and craving