5 Steps to Whole Body Eating
I am rejuvenated and supremely thankful after hosting my family for 2 weeks in the beautiful PNW. It validated for me the importance of being “filled by relationships” other than food, and how much joy we get when sharing food with others. Even if it’s hectic, the more butts in the kitchen the better, and having others appreciate healthy food choices direct from my garden was a big bonus for all. Here’s to your next meal celebrating whatever it is brings you JOY.
Try These Simple Changes To Your Eating Behavior
1) Make A Conscious Choice To Eat
Turn off your computer and phone (when we don’t pay attention, we don’t really taste it, like we didn’t eat it, and we want more.)
2) Ask Your Body What It Wants
Cravings can support our natural health, drain and disperse our energy, or be triggered by a meaningful association with our past. Also ask if it’s really food you want, or something else; like touch, movement, connection or rest.
3) Eat With Awareness (and CHEW)
Notice your atmosphere & company, the taste, texture, aroma of your food.
4) Listen For Feedback (It might be noisy)
Take 5-10 slow deep breaths. Notice how satisfied you are. Notice your sinuses, your teeth, your headache(after red wine?) or perhaps bloating after dairy or grains.
5) Release The Meal (stop eating)
The mind continues to “munch” on thoughts about food, dieting, the next meal, etc. Train your brain to move on and engage fully in the next activity. Avoid the “eat and run” or “couch potato” habits. You are a new person after you have eaten.
Be creative with veggies and fruit. Combine unusual flavors together and avoid salad dressings, unless of course they are simple and homemade. Start planning now for your own veggie garden next year. In the meantime, visit your local Farmer’s Market for organic, yummy produce.