Why You Should Eat Mindfully

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Over the past year I've been thinking more about the importance of eating mindfully. What exactly is eating mindfully?

Eating mindfully is all about putting more importance on what we put into our bodies everyday. It's about not just eating because we're bored but eating because our body's need nourishment in order to live. This isn't a cut all sugar/carb/alcohol diet. It's about putting more purpose into that bite of food.

For me eating mindfully is about eating as much fruits and vegetables as I can that are sourced organically, and if possible, locally. I'm a vegetarian so I don't eat meat, however, I will divulge in a piece of sushi or fish from time to time. Even recently, I've been questioning my purpose for eating fish and I'm starting to limit it again. Most importantly, eating mindfully keeps us in tune with our bodies. I've discovered which foods don't agree with me and I've cut them out of my diet. Most notable, that's dairy products. 

It may seem like a daunting way to look at food, but it doesn't have to be! There are few easy steps you can take to start eating more mindfully. 

1. Start Slow

Much like other food related topics, especially those concerning diet and wellness, go slow. Don't just wake up tomorrow and throw out everything in your fridge! Instead, start taking notes of when you're hungry and why. See what you're snacking on and start swapping out those chips with carrots and hummus. 

2. Buy with Conscience

Now I'm not going to sit here and lament on the importance of buying organic, we all know the importance on that topic. And I realize that for most families, it's not feasible to go to Whole Foods each week for the best groceries. I get it and I'm right there with you. Instead, start buying with conscience. Try and buy meat or produce that's only organic. Only buy snacks for your children that are organic (there's so many options!). 

3. Eat When You're Hungry

I'm the first to admit that I like to snack, even when I'm not hungry. I see others do it and it makes me want to eat! Instead of mindlessly snacking on something, only snack or eat when you're hungry. If I feel a slight twinge of a craving to snack, I like to think if it's really hunger talking or boredom. Green tea has been a big help when I feel those twinges! Plus drinking green tea is excellent for your skin! 

There are so many benefits around eating mindfully not including weaning out junk foods, weight loss, and understanding why and what you eat when you're hungry. I discovered certain foods that I ate mindlessly were because of certain emotions like sadness, excitement, and boredom. 

Have you ever tried eating mindfully? I'd love to hear all about it in the comments! 

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