Thanksgiving is tomorrow! I love Thanksgiving. All of my family from both sides come to our house and we cook and eat. It’s usually the only time of the year when family from both sides come all together. In the past, I eat WAY too much, especially all the desserts, and then a few days later I’m sick. This year, I plan on eating, but I’m going to practice mindfulness when I do.
Eating is something that we all have to do, and eating the right foods is very important. Not only do you feel better physically when you eat the right foods, but you’ll also feel better mentally. In order to have a healthy diet and give yourself the nutrients you need while also eating the right amounts of food, you must be mindful of what you’re putting into your body.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is being aware of what you are doing, whether this is your performance at work, consciously trying to live a healthier lifestyle or watching what you’re eating. Being mindful of day-to-day things can help you to focus better, stress out less and become a better person overall. It might take a little bit of time to get used to thinking more about the decisions you make in the kitchen and at restaurants, but it will pay off and you’ll feel much better for it.
How Can You be Mindful When You Eat?
Being mindful when eating has a lot of different elements to it. One of these particular aspects involves thinking about the type of foods and drinks you are putting into your body. In order to feel better and live better, you shouldn’t consume foods which are high in starchy carbs or sugars and bad fats. Consciously trying to avoid these types of foods will help you on your way to a healthier lifestyle.
As well as the type of foods you eat, you should also be mindful of the quantities of food you eat. Many of us struggle with weight issues and other health problems not necessarily because of what we’re eating, but how much we are eating. Brown rice and other whole wheat carbs aren’t bad for your body, but when consumed in large quantities, they can cause issues. I generally choose not to eat them because MY body doesn’t really like them. Likewise, fruits like figs and bananas are great for giving your body the nutrients it needs, but too much of it can create problems for you. Listening to YOUR body is key.
How Can Being Mindful of What You Eat Help You?
You’ll find that being more mindful of what you eat, when you eat, and how much you eat can help you in many ways. You will feel more in control of yourself, particularly your weight and how you feel from day to day. You’ll wake up feeling better, and you’ll feel generally good about yourself after making the right choices when it comes to food and drink.
Don’t stress out about Thanksgiving. I’m not going to. I’m going to eat, but I’m also going to be mindful and not eat until I’m stuffed. I’m also not going to eat all the desserts. My sweet tooth has mostly disappeared anyway and most things taste WAY too sweet for me.
Have a great Thanksgiving,