Learning how to eat mindfully is the simple solution that achieves much more than just weight-loss.
We’ve all said to ourselves that the one thing we’ll do for our health this year is to exercise, eat right, and lose weight.
This statement is shared and said with excitement, resolve, and with good intentions but often is hard to achieve.
When we think of picking healthy things to do, suddenly a long list appears in our heads. We need to cut back on sugar, simple carbohydrates, and get to the gym.
Which action is most important to our health? There are mental, food, and fitness choices that we can change from within to make a difference in our life.
But what if we chose to do something that could have a trickle-down effect and result in a real change that sticks? Would we do it?
To keep it simple, let’s start with how we view food in today’s world.
To Eat Mindfully Is To Have A New Perspective On Food
Making the change to accomplish that one thing to do for our health this year often begins with our minds. Reframing how we label food is a version of mindful eating.
Being aware of how we eat, what we eat, and the way we approach food can be that one healthy thing we do for ourselves this year.
What if we could mindfully eat and the other items on the list like cutting out soda or bread would just fall into place? Wouldn’t that be freeing?
That seems too good to be true, but for many cultures and according to many psychological experts and nutritionists, the practice of mindful eating actually works.
Our Noisy And Diet-Crazed Culture
We are surrounded by a lot of noise these days, and we can’t go online without seeing a headline about the latest fitness craze or diet.
We see images of celebrities and their unattainable bodies that are shaped by personal chefs and personal trainers.
We are told what not to eat all the time but then sit through TV commercials that tempt us to eat.
We are skinny-shamed when we are thin and fat-shamed when we’re fat; then we are told it’s ok to be fat and to own it even though it’s hurting our health.
All these voices around us can be very confusing. But the most important voice of all is our own, and we get to decide what our inner voice sounds like, especially when it comes to our attitude towards food.
The Truth About Dieting
We know we live in a diet-crazed culture. Every time we turn around someone is trying a new diet. According to Psychology Today: