Is the way I eat part of being mindful?

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It seems one of our biggest challenges in life comes in the form of food! In our modern world, the art of eating right has become a mathematic problem that our ancestors rarely considered. How does one eat right? When should one eat? How many meals per day? Should I eat carbs? What’s the right diet for me? Should I supplement my food intake? These questions, and pages more that are too long to list, are apparently a new problem.

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It seems one of our biggest challenges in life comes in the form of food!  In our modern world, the art of eating right has become a mathematic problem that our ancestors rarely considered.  How does one eat right?  When should one eat?  How many meals per day?  Should I eat carbs?  What’s the right diet for me?  Should I supplement my food intake?  These questions, and pages more that are too long to list, are apparently a new problem.

All of the questions we can pose ourselves could be perceived to be mindful but the art of eating right also appears to cause us even more stress.

Being mindful or simply put, thinking about our diet, is very important.  You are what you eat, and you most definitely are the effect of the habits you form.

Here are some tips on being mindful with your diet and nutrition:

  • Plan your meals like the rest of your day. Having a plan helps eliminate stress.  
  • Make time to prepare and eat healthy foods to fuel you.
  • Pay attention and listen to your body. There is no single right way to eat for everybody. If you eat something and you don’t feel well after, try to identify if it was something you ate and eliminate it.
  • Look for balance. Diversity in how and what we eat offers a great deal of value. For most of human evolution we ate a variety of foods at different times of year. We also had times of feasting and times of famine. Our modern world is more about feasting.
  • Learn about food: join groups, talk to your grandma, cook with family and friends.
  • Consider what is better: fresh food pulled from a tree or the ground or something made of chemicals taken out of a packet, which do you think is better for you?
  • Don’t be hard on yourself when you cheat. We all fall off the wagon occasionally, the key is not lying in the dirt but instead, just jumping back on.
  • Make food fun, experiment, try new things, cook more!

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