You’ve just returned home from a hectic day at work and you’re feeling frazzled. You know you need to revitalise your senses with a quick trip to the gym and veggie-packed stir fry, but you just can’t seem to get motivated. Instead you pierce the plastic on a ready meal (or pick up the phone and dial your favourite pizza place) and slump on the sofa. We’ve all been there.
Mindfulness and mindful eating are two of the year’s biggest lifestyle trends. With a focus on creating a balanced life and a joyful relationship with friends, family and food, it’s no wonder these ideas are so popular. But when the washing pile’s sky high and you have three missed calls from your boss, is it ever possible to enjoy a truly mindful lifestyle?
Making mindful eating a priority
It’s easy to dismiss mindfulness as just another fad, but if you reframed it as a health choice would it seem so frivolous? A recent study showed a whopping 85% of British adults experience stress regularly, with 54% worrying about how stress affects their health. Yikes.
Essentially, #MindfulEating is an extension of self-care. And you should never feel guilty about making time for number one, because as the old saying goes ‘you can’t pour from an empty cup’.
Whether it’s making sure you have one special day to yourself a week or taking 30 minutes to eat your lunch slowly, embracing mindful eating won’t just help you relax a little more - it could help to save your life.
You are what you eat
Mindful eating and healthy eating go hand in hand. But that doesn’t mean you need to skip meals, count calories or head to a gym class you really don’t want to go to - mindful eating is all about finding the right balance for you.
Start by listening to your body and what it needs. If you fancy a bowl of ice cream on a Saturday night - go for it. Feeling a superfood salad at lunch? The decision is all yours.
If you want to practise mindful eating as a way to improve your health, then being proactive is key. To get all the nutrients you need, stock up in advance on healthy snacks like veggie sticks and energy balls. And don’t forget to stay hydrated with plenty of water.
Practical tips to achieve mindful eating
When it comes to mindful eating, there’s no strict rules. It’s simply about keeping things simple. Here’s how:
- listen to your body, making sure to stop eating when you’re full
- don’t eat and multitask - savour the experience of dining
- when you feel hungry, don’t deprive yourself - tuck into something delish
- consider where your food comes from - keep it fresh, local and natural
- try to include all the nutrients your body needs in your diet
- eat at set times each day - and share the experience with others
Tell us about your mindful eating journey
At Go Nutz, we can wax lyrical about mindful eating all day long and we’d love to hear about your experiences. Share your tips for mindful eating with us on social media and we’ll share them.