In our daily lives, we’re constantly looking for those quick fixes one way or another. Many of us want the latest phone, the freshest sneakers or that ‘Instafamous’ photo of our brunch. But should we allow food to have the same emotional attachments as a fashion accessory? The trend of ‘mindful eating’, which focuses not just on your diet but also your long-term well being, is becoming increasingly popular this year.
Mindful eating isn’t a new concept, but it can be difficult to define. It’s an attitude aimed at improving our state of wellness that means more than eating a salad or your weekly yoga session. It brings together a person’s eating habits by creating awareness to what they eat on a daily basis.
Modern diets such as ‘clean-eating’, keto or cheat meals are everything that mindful eating stands against. By choosing these styles of diets we have deemed food as ‘clean’ and ‘dirty’ and labelled innocent foods such as the potato as bad. Mindful eating banishes this punishment and reward system. Instead, it creates awareness of what you are eating and the reason for why you are eating something, whilst still allowing the occasional cookie. By noticing the link between mind and mouth we are able to create a positive attitude towards our food. For example, let’s take obesity. Obesity isn’t formed because of the availability of doughnuts, rather it has been created from the unavailability of emotional awareness. Mindful eating isn’t a diet-based approach it is a mindset that can make us aware of our food choices. So, stop scooping that ice-cream because happiness isn’t at the end of the tub!
Listen to your Mom who moans at you for eating too quickly! By eating slowly, we are able to determine when we are full, which helps to avoid overeating. Sounds simple enough, but building it into a regular habit may be harder than you think.
This can be a challenge to many of us but try and find rewards that aren’t food related.
Many of us are guilty of playing on our phone or watching the T.V whilst we eat. Try turning off your electronics and focus on what you are eating. Who knows, you might even notice that your food tastes even better.
Notice what you eat, what it tastes like and how it makes you feel when you eat it. Focusing your attention on your food will create awareness and help to calm your mind.
Reasons to why you are eating may determine your food choices. Are you eating because you are hungry or feeling emotional? By addressing these problems you can deal with your emotions a different way.
Mindful eating isn’t something that happens overnight, it is a long-term goal that is aimed at creating a positive relationship with our eating patterns. Let’s try and make this a trend that goes beyond 2018! Check out these recipes that will help you to appreciate your food even more. Eat them slowly, appreciate them, and enjoy :)