As a studying nutritionist, you could say I take a keen interest in food.
I have tried, researched and read clinical trials conducted on various diets, and sometimes (rarely) even uncover a key takeaway I build into my daily routine.
I have learnt a thing or two about big corporations who have paid for ‘medical studies’ that provide consumers misleading information which in turn is just about selling a product. The low-fat era of the past was a big one of these – yes I choose full-fat dairy and eat lots of natural fats.
I have listened to my body and adjusted my diet, not so much in a diet sense where it is about short term dress size, but rather, eating for a lifestyle of energy, health, mental sharpness and inner calm.
But if I was to give a broad piece of advice on diets, it wouldn’t be about the food at all.
Whilst yes, you should eat more real food, grown locally where possible with the least amount of chemical and human intervention, there is a key piece of advice that comes before all of this.
It is to eat in a mindful, present, relaxed state.
Eating in a way that you listen to how your meal talks to your body, noticing how you feel during and after.
In a way where you actually just sit and eat, not read, not surf the net.
Eat in a way where you are eating when hungry, stopping when full.
Eating in a time and space created for eating.
Eating where you taste the flavour explosions each bite fills your mouth with.
Eating and understanding how the meal unfolds in your stomach, how that feels as energy, lightness and happiness – because all are impacted.
Eating at the best time for you, not right before bed.
Eating in honour of what upsets or causes allergy or bloating in you. Understanding the message your body delivers through discomfort and thanking your body for talking with you so you can deliver to it what is right for your individual being.
Eating for a healthy life as a whole, not a rushed taste of sweetness.
Eating is a pleasurable act, one that warrants space, and calm.
If food enters our body when we are rushed and full of stress, the required enzymes may not be properly secreted for digestion, and the full nourishment of the meal may not be obtained by your body.
We need to tell our body, by the way we approach the very act of eating, it is safe, calm and peaceful, and therefore it is ok to fully digest and take nourishment from this meal.
Practice today sending it a calm message, that says it is safe to focus on self-nourishment from this meal and feel the change inside and out.
If you are struggling and would like to work with me reach out by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org for one of my summer coaching places just made available whilst I am on UNI break from studying a Degree in Nutrition.
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