Discussing weight is always a hushed topic. You are reprimanded for being a body shamer if you talk about losing weight. If you encourage body positivity to boost your self-esteem, you are given sermons about those rising cholesterol levels or your bulging love handles (problems serious than global warming). In such cases, you and I both are confused about what to do?
So I salvaged my poor eating habits by committing myself to eating mindfully.
Mindfulness eating doesn't mean you've to drown yourself in a glass of smoothie or choke yourself on a mamooli muli as a salad. Mindful eating focuses on an individual's sensual awareness of the Food and the experience involved with the Food.
Why is mindfulness eating necessary?
We're caught up in the acceleration of life, and we get entirely absorbed in ourselves, having little to no time to sit in silence and savor the Food.
This hustle culture prevents us from knowing that we ate, how much we ate, and whether we enjoyed our meal or not.
Mindfulness is essential to enjoy the food and improve our relationship with food. It ensures we can have little breaks in our life and aren't indulgent in binge eating. It brings balance to our food eating habits, and yes, it does help in weight loss.
Mindfulness eating promotes a slow eating culture that our grandparents remind us of whenever we hurriedly wolf down everything.
It bestows upon us the opportunity to experience the sight, smell and flavor of the Food and allow us to feel the sensation of being hungry or full.
How to bring in the practice of mindful eating in our everyday life?
Here we've listed some F.A.C.T.S about mindfulness eating that you can quickly adapt in your daily life.
F - Follow your sensation
When presented with delectable tasty treats, all hell breaks loose, and your healthy habits take a wrong turn. But with the help of mindful eating, you follow your sensation. Your mind tells you about your hunger pangs and satiety levels, and this awareness is your cue to either stop eating or find a healthy alternative to the Food.
A - Assessment of your Food
Assessment is not about judging your food or cooking skills but assessing how it looks and feels.
Notice the color, whether it is appealing. Is the smell tempting enough to ruffle your olfactory nerves? Are your senses allowing you to comfort your anxiety with a crispy cheeseburger? Is the Food processed or refined? Will this Food nourish your body, or is it just tantalizing your taste buds?
When you assess these thoughts based on such questions, it helps you make a better decision.
C - Chew your Food
Our elders always emphasize the importance of chewing the Food 32 times. Do we have that much time to swirl the Food in our mouth 32 long times, if anything but. ?
But chewing brings in the multitudes of sensation, and your body processes the Food efficiently and wriggles the more nutrients from it. Chewing helps you slow down, perks up your feeling satiated and spares your stomach the discomfort of indigestion.
Experience the burst of flavors that exude from the Food and lingers on your taste buds for a long time.
Next time you have a meal, don't forget the mantra for easy digestion; chew it slowly at least 32 times.
T - Being thankful for the Food
Food is the essence of life, and when you offer a token of gratitude, you're appreciating and honoring the time, effort, and energy invested in bringing Food from the farm to your table. Acknowledging these efforts stops you from being fussy and enjoying the simplest meal form, like a lavish affair. Every time you sit down to eat, attempt to offer a word of thanks for bringing the Food to your table.
S - Savor your Food
Savoring means enjoying your Food. We're so busy that we forget the joy of eating the food. So savoring involves taking time to choose the food you like and satisfy your urge. It consists in picking the Food that honors your taste buds and body, and while doing this, you are being present in the moment.
We are not saying to divorce your bittersweet relationship with your Food. But we are asking you to develop a relationship with your Food that satisfies your mind, body and soul.
Of course, this is done by keeping in mind the FACTS about mindful eating.
FACTS deal with powerful mindfulness and compassion practices with Food. Using it daily can help cultivate positivity in life, build a positive relationship with food and live with greater ease and joy because someone said, Food is a journey, not a destination, enjoy the ride.