4 Steps to Adopt More Mindfulness with Food
By Ashleigh Ward
“Whenever you feel sad just remember there are billions of cells in your body and all they care about is you”
When we live in a world where we’re all so busy, taking time with our food can be tricky. But, in a world where we’re all so busy, it’s never been more important.
Every single thing we put into our bodies forms a chemical reaction that either adds to the strength, vitality and energy of our body, or adds to the slow destruction of it.
Food has the power to do more than just fill us up. Food affects our mood, our thoughts, our energy levels, our sleep and pretty much every area of our life. Distinguishing the relationship between food and how you feel may be a new practice. This is a practice of Mindfulness – with Food.When you can understand how food reacts and impacts your body, you’re in a far better position to control the direction of your health.
When we’re ‘grabbing & going’, eating on the run, and eating food just to fill a hunger hole, we’re impacting our health more than we may think. What might surprise you is that what you’re eating is just as important as how you’re eating it.
4 Steps to Cultivating More Mindfulness with Food
Put the screen away. The French say you eat with your eyes. Even though it might feel efficient, it’s important not to eat in front of a computer or a phone. When you’re eating, look at your food and be grateful for the process of how it got to you. When you focus on what you’re eating you also trigger signals from your brain to your digestive system preparing your digestive system to do its job properly.
Choose your food with awareness. Whether you are grocery shopping or buying food out, before each purchase ask yourself – ‘What is this food actually going to do in my body? And how will I feel after eating it? Will it add to the life of my body, or not?’
Pay attention to how you feel after eating. Bloating has become the new norm. But it’s not normal. Bloating is a sign of damage in the gut. Being aware of how you feel after eating food is very important. Do you feel energised and clear headed, or heavy, bloated and fatigued?
Cravings are good. Cravings are your body’s way of telling you it needs something. Craving chocolate? Your body may need magnesium. Being aware of cravings is important in understanding what minerals or vitamins your body may be needing.
About the author
Ashleigh Ward is a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Strategic Intervention Life Coach, and student of Naturopathy. She coaches busy men and women who are looking to create more balance in their lives – having less stress and more vitality. By introducing healthier habits into their busy days, Ashleigh supports lifestyle change and adjustments in a way that’s enjoyable, practical and sustainable.