Mindful Eating: The Lazy Ass Way to Regain the Best Ass in the Class
Easter Monday is drawing to a close in Dublin. The #holidaze are over. Sigh. I’m just here dogging into Lindt truffles to ‘get rid of them out of the house’ before the working week begins so I can start my new healthy lifestyle at my earliest convenience.
After more than a few eggs too many, my high-waisted jeans are now cutting me in two. The error of my ways is shamefully obvious. #NotAgain. #YesAgain.
I’m surrounded by media articles decrying the calorie count of each and every brand of Easter egg and piece of chocolate. If #KnowledgeIsPower, why do many of us (repeatedly) do this to ourselves? I’m the worst in the world when presented with chocolate. I love to ‘finish’ things and generally plough on until the chocolate egg or cake or whatever the day’s poison may be is pushing up daisies. To the point where I can’t stock chocolate in bulk in the house. A pretty sad state of affairs for a fully-fledged kidult.
This time last year, the NHS had to release a statement to discourage Little Miss (and Mister) Piggies from attending the Middlesbrough emergency department with stomach aches due to Easter Egg overindulgence. I mean, what the actual fock? The poor souls were advised to ‘rest at home and drink plenty of water’ and steer clear of A&E. (Admittedly, I was reassured to learn that there were bigger eejits than me in existence. Prior to the debacle, I would have assumed every lover of rich foods knew to pause regularly and drink water galore in order to, ahem, cleanse the palate before persevering with the binge.)
In an ideal world we’d all be able to satisfy our cravings in a more balanced way and this is where mindful eating comes in. We all know the best diet is the one you do not know you’re on; the oft-touted lifestyle choice is where it’s at, rather than a litany of restrictive dietary regimes. If we could master mindful eating, we’d dispense with the need for a diet ever again!
Advocates of mindful eating believe why you eat is more important than what you eat. If we were to focus on food as fuel, listen to our bodies and eat intuitively we would redress our often fraught relationship with food, dispel our fixations and conquer the guilt that shadows mindless eating.
Food for Thought: for starters, consider the following:
- Taste your food. I challenge you to spend two minutes eating a small square of chocolate (or a strawberry or raisin or whatever you fancy) with all of your five senses. Sight. Touch. Smell. Hearing (The crunch when you mindfully finally take the plunge and bite people!!). And of course, Taste. Witness how the experience of eating is elevated when you slooooow the process right down. Time to re-embrace taste!
- Learn to delay the gratification. Something I constantly struggle with is resisting the urge to eat: #KindaOutOfControl. The next time hunger strikes, anchor yourself with the physical sensation. Experiencing the waxing and waning urge without having to satisfy it immediately is a serviceable skill. The time spent embracing all facets of your hunger will hopefully beget healthier food choices: #winning!
- Go sloooowly with all aspects of food preparation. You deserve to prepare your food with care so #TreatYourself as if you were a guest. Choose mindfully in the market, corner shop or supermarket. Consider what part of the earth the food originated if you really want to slow down! Wash and chop and cook and plate your food with attention before beginning to eat with all five senses.
Soooo, those are the three changes I’m going to adopt this week. You’ll know what’s going on if you see me playing cray-cray lady in the supermarket.
Let me know how you get on if you decide to follow suit or if you’re already a pro.
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