“A life lived of choice is a life of conscious action. A life lived of chance is a life of unconscious creation.” - Neale Donald Walsch
Conscious Eating - Add Mindfulness To Each Mealtime
Everywhere we look these days we are being told the latest and greatest way to live a better life, a healthier life, a life more “you”. The rise in popularity of meditation and mindfulness has shone a light on the stresses of the every day and highlighted where we are not living to our full potential, where we are not being conscious.
Oftentimes routine befalls us and we get stuck in the rut of ‘business as usual’, we tend to approach food and eating habits in the same way. How many times have you gone to look in the cupboards when you’re not particularly hungry, or eaten something from dubious resources just because it was there? …or hands unknowingly reaching for yet another biscuit!
Conscious eating, or mindfully selecting the foods we choose to nourish our bodies with, takes on a whole new dimension than simply following the rule book of three square meals a day, or eating on the go because of our hectic lifestyles.
“Whole natural food eaten in good time in good company”
It is eating with purpose, on purpose. It looks at where our food comes from, what the food is, how it came into being, who made it, why we are eating it in the first place; hunger, boredom, celebration or comfort, and how it makes us feel.
Top Tips For Eating Consciously:
- Listen to your body – what are you hungry for?
- Eat foods with one ingredient, no more than five
- If you can’t pronounce it don’t eat it (Quinoa doesn’t count!)
- Chew every mouthful
- Breathe between bites
- Everything in moderation – don’t deny or restrict
- Take pleasure in every food, not just our favourite
- Choose quality over quantity
- Don’t eat when emotions run high
- Celebrate every step from paddock to plate
Taking into account that what we do in one area of our lives often reflects how we approach others, eating consciously says just as much about how we live as well as how we eat. It is a whole lifestyle choice that is actually an art form – simple in its essence but not easy to implement.
“A well-prepared meal is the highest form of self-care we can give ourselves, eating until we are satisfied and nourished is the ultimate in self-love.”
It is truly a skill to take the time to find out the whereabouts of your food, the number of people who contributed to getting it from the raw ingredients in a field to being prepared by you in your kitchen. Taking notice of the colour, shape, texture, and vitality…ensuring it is high in nutrients and that it is a close to its natural form as possible…listening to your body and giving it what it needs at any given time.
“Everyone can eat, but choosing to eat foods of quality that nourishes the whole person is conscious eating to me.”
We at Green Press are proud to celebrate individuality and diversity. We believe that everyone is different and this should be celebrated. Nourishing our bodies and honouring the sources we choose to get our food from play a huge part in how we show up in the world.