Are you eating food to be thin? To have a sculpted body?
Are you eating food to satiate your guilty pleasures?
Are you eating food because you’re bored?
Are you eating food because for all your life you have been stuck in a routine to eat lunch and dinner at a particular time and now you don’t really know why but you end up indulging in the same habit over and over?
Your relationship with food needs to be as strong as your relationship with yourself. You need oxygen to breathe, water to stay hydrated and facilitate blood flow, and you need food to provide nutrition to sustain the longevity of your body.
Mindful eating is that process of eating food when you have a healed and beautiful relationship with food. When the food you eat contributes to your well being. When the food genuinely does it’s job of providing nutrition, and not just feeding the empty voids in your being. When food is not an excuse, not an intake due to boredom nor a futile process – but it is a reward for your body that works so hard, it is a gift for your continuous inner and outer beauty.
1. Savor the moment
This is the most important aspect involved when you eat. Eat your nutritious and well rounded meal with the same zeal that you would eat your favorite cuisine or desert with. eating should never be about over-eating. Only pigs over eat. Eating should always be about mindfulness. Know when you are hungry – eat healthy food and stop eating the moment you are full. There is no need to subject your precious body through unnecessary hard-work while confuses the system and doesn’t allow it to break the food into energy. When you savor the moment you genuinely appreciate food in totality. For existing, for all the factors and people involved in it being available to you, for your ability to eat and enjoy the food.
Most of our unwanted food habits come from an unconscious place. It comes from a place of denial. Never made the mistake of taking food for granted.
Awareness cures. Unwanted eating habits require that a certain part of us checks out. It’s time to check back in. Be aware of all your emotions and all hour habits whether or not they are adding to your holistic benefit and growth or if they are troubling your soul.
What is the similarity between our relationship with food and our relationship with our emotions? Practice slowing down with food, and with life. There is no need to gulp your food or eat as if someone will snatch your plate. Take your time chew your food 20 times before you swallow. Savor the moment and be at peace when you eat. As we are more present with our meals, we can become more present to feelings and emotions that are in need of our attention. Often, it’s these unattended emotions that are driving our unwanted eating concerns. Being present is a daily practice. It can be difficult, but the rewards will make themselves known over time.
Consciously be aware of ever morsel you put in your mouth and how you want that morsel to contribute to your body.