Happy World Food Day
I love the idea of celebrating this internet holiday. I come from an Italian family where food has been a foundational pillar to my life and the center of many family events. I’m grateful to have the best memories of gathering with my family for meals. When it comes to mental health, I believe it is important to mindfully eat as nutrition plays such an important role to our well-being and how we feel. Oftentimes, mealtime just becomes another task to check off the list, leaving little room for appreciation of the food or experience itself.
Enter mindful eating, a practice that encourages us to slow down, savor each bite, and reconnect with the true essence of nourishment. Combining this approach with a balanced, nutritionally rich diet can pave the way for a healthier, more fulfilling life.
Understanding Mindful Eating
Mindful eating is not just about the food on your plate; it's about cultivating a deeper awareness of your body, thoughts, feelings, and surroundings during meals. It’s CONNECTION and connects you to the way the food experience makes you feel. By doing so, you can foster a more conscious relationship with food and develop a better understanding of your body's needs.
Practicing Mindful Eating
The journey towards mindful eating begins with small, intentional steps. Start by setting aside distractions like phones, TVs, or laptops during meals. Take a moment to appreciate the appearance and aroma of your food before taking the first bite. Chew slowly and thoroughly, allowing yourself to fully experience the taste and texture. Tune in to your body's cues of fullness, and stop eating when you feel satisfied rather than stuffed.
I like to remind myself that food is fuel for the body and also my brain. Does that mean I NEVER eat pizza or quesadillas while sitting in front of a TV?! NO! Those are two of my favorite things and I love that experience during the weekends. But what I do try to do is eat them in moderation and limit myself to doing that once a week, knowing that I can operate at my best by filling my body with nutritious foods most of the time.
So today, I encourage you to try this practice either for lunch or dinner! Sit down with something delicious (and nutritious!), take a few deep breaths, and savor every bite (or sip, if you're enjoying a smoothie!).