First avocado was hot. Then matcha became all the rage. Now mindful eating has taken over, so essentially we can eat anything but it has to be mindful. But of course if you’re being mindful you’re choosing only good things because chances are if you’re mindful you also do yoga and if you do yoga you must be vegan, and if you’re vegan – oh you must be very healthy.
Welcome to 2017. Age of social media and follow the person with 1M followers’ lead.
Why can’t we each blaze our own path? Why are we always hooked on nonsense trends?
Yes, the food we eat should nourish us. And yes, we should absolutely pay attention to our fullness cues to know when to start and when to stop. These are all important things, but they shouldn’t be a trend. They should be a staple. Trends come and go based on the season and the amount of followers or money someone can make on it until society gets bored and decides to push the next button.
Real concepts, real things, don’t ride waves. They are the water that makes up the wave. They are (or at least should be) a constant. I’m a big proponent of mindful eating and paying attention to what we eat, when we eat, and how we eat. I’m not a proponent of obsessing over it, nor am I an advocate for pushing it onto people. I believe everyone finds their own balance on their own time as long as they have a basic education on what’s good for you and what isn’t.
To clarify: I do believe in mindful eating. I don’t believe in making a trend out of it. I do believe in stocking your kitchen and office with healthy snacks. I don’t believe in mindful eating that doesn’t take into account nourishing your body with the right foods.
I find that stocking up on ingredients that I know are good for me, especially when I’m working out of my home office, is essential. Couple working out of my home office with clean snacks with a background in mindful eating and I’ve hit the jackpot. If you have clean snacks, but no desire to eat mindfully you’ll eat all day without paying attention to your cues. And, on the other hand, if you have snacks that don’t serve your mind or body laying around, but decide to eat them mindfully you’re doing an injustice to your body.
How does one eat mindfully? Eating mindfully starts before you even begin eating. The process begins as you’re planning to enter the meal or snack free of anxiety, anger, or any other feelings that might cause you to eat from your feelings rather than your hunger. This means eating sitting down and not driving or power walking through town. Mindful eating is paying attention to what you’re eating and stopping between bites to feel your hunger. It’s actually tasting the food rather than mindlessly inhale it. Sound good? Well, believe it or not, some snacks make it easier than others.
When it comes to snacking and practicing mindful eating it’s always a good idea to use a snack that makes it easy for you. I recently came across Wonderful Pistachio‘s new alias, The Mindful Nut, and their initiative called The Pistachio Principle. It’s a simple mindful eating concept that may help you fool yourself full –without feelings of deprivation. Because pistachios have shells, they may help you slow down consumption time and savor the moment. The empty shells may serve as a visual cue reminding you to eat mindfully. Pistachios also fall into the line of a nourishing snack with one of the highest protein and fiber and lowest calories and fat of all nuts. If you’re not into physically cracking the nuts, you can still get the benefits with their No Shells variety too.
There is such a thing as having it all – eating mindfully, enjoying what you’re eating, and not comprising on quality of the food you’re eating. All it takes is a quick tune-in to your body before and during your meal or snack to ensure that you’re eating from hunger and not feelings. And this should stick with you always, not just this season.
Cheers to having your cake and eating it too, mindfully of course.
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