Mindful Eating: A No-Brainer?
As a registered dietitian, my tip to being healthy is no doubt going to revolve in some way around food, but instead of spouting the same rhetoric about eating your fruits and vegetables—a no-brainer— I thought I would instead talk about how you can maximize your health when you put your brain to good use.
Actively engaging your brain during food-related experiences is known as mindful eating. It involves considering your physical, emotional, and environmental surroundings so that eating experiences can be both nutritious and enjoyable. There are two aspects of mindful eating to consider: food preparation and food consumption.
Mindfulness with respect to food preparation can be achieved through meal planning—that is, setting aside some time to think about what you want to put in your body. When meal planning isn’t prioritized,people are more likely to skip meals, choose unhealthier options, eat fewer fruits and vegetables, and spend more money on fast food. Here are four steps you can take to start mindfully meal planning today.
More often than not, eating is a pleasurable experience, but when we ignore or are overwhelmed by the physical, emotional, and environmental signals we receive then there is less enjoyment and a greater risk for overindulgence.
Being prepared and present during eating experiences, such as food preparation and food consumption, is a no-brainer when it comes to making sure meals are nutritious and enjoyable. If you have any questions about mindful eating or would like help managing your health, book a nutrition consultation with me today!
Sincerely in Health,
Brittany Trueman, MHSc, RD