When you have been dieting for many years, you’ve probably got into the habit of judging your food. Each diet will have different foods that it advocates and others that it prohibits – protein is good, carbs are bad; cooked food is bad, raw food is healthy; meat is toxic, vegetables are nourishing. The list could go on and on.
One of the principles of mindfulness is not to judge – yourself, those around you and the food you eat. Different foods are good for different people at different times. All food is allowed, you just need to learn to listen to your body’s unique needs.
Of coarse every food has its own unique qualities, and these qualities get transferred to us when we eat it. This is another topic on its own completely – Food Energetics. When you start to eat more intuitively, you will start to have a deeper ‘knowing’ of what you need to eat to balance your body.
This is different to judging your food. When you judge your food you are choosing to not eat a food because its considered ‘fattening’ or it goes against what your diet is telling you to eat. You are not listening to your body.
How do you listen to your body?
Listen to Your Body
The essence of mindful eating is to help you to listen to your body. Your body wants to be healthy. It wants to stay strong and balanced. One of the first ways you can start listening to your body is to become aware of your physical hunger. What does this feel like to you? [Read More…]