In my last Wellbeing Wednesday post I set myself a challenge to eat mindfully which you can read here… My Challenge to Eat Mindfully.
Similar to a fad diet, the first day went fantastically and I got through the whole day with no distractions and then it all went a bit downhill. It is seriously harder than you’d think to eat sitting down with nothing else to do, I’m talking no phone, no TV, no magazine, nothing! It was such a struggle and I actually had to force myself by leaving my phone in other rooms and even sat on the stairs one morning because it was the only location in my house with no distractions.
Normally for breakfast I have a little routine, I make my lemon water and porridge/smoothie or whatever I’m having and then I sit on my sofa and put on Good Morning Britain. This is the only time in my day that I can have 15 minutes to catch up on the news and weather and I actually really missed it when I was attempting this challenge because one of the rules is NO TV! I sat and appreciated every mouthful of my porridge and felt full and satisfied but not too much different. Lunch and dinner were easier because I’m normally on the go so it was quite nice to just sit somewhere and take some time out from my emails/phone to enjoy what I’d prepared for my meal.
I do believe there are so many health benefits to eating mindfully and that is it something we should all do more of. I did notice that I felt calmer and clearer when I was eating and it really allowed me to appreciate the taste, texture and appearance of my food. I tried to think positive thoughts whilst eating such as “this food is nourishing and energising me”, but I must admit this isn’t something I could do at every meal/snack.
I think I will continue my little routine of eating breakfast and watching the news but then try to eat the rest of my meals with no distractions. The challenge has really helped me with eating slower and chewing my food properly. It also helps with noticing how much you are eating. You can pile your plate high and scoff through it without even noticing the actual volume of food that is going in your belly or stopping to feel if you’re full or not! I sometimes tend to overeat and then feel bloated and uncomfortable for an hour or so, so this is something I hope to improve as I continue to eat mindfully!
Why don’t you try and eat mindfully? Whether it be for a week, a day or even one meal! Notice the colour and shape of your food, the appearance of your plate, the volume of food, the combination of nutrients. Then notice the texture of eat bite and how long you chew for and of course the taste, notice how long you wait between mouthfuls and then see how you feel during and after the meal. It’s a fun challenge that could make incredible changes to your health and wellbeing!
Love, Lottie x