I am here to help you learn what mindful eating is all about and how it can help you keep your overall digestion and gut health. But first, why am I talking about eating mindfully anyway?
In the modern world we eat for convenience rather than for nutrition. We eat for instant gratification rather than long-term health benefits. Can you imagine learning a new way of slow eating in which you actually get to experience the tastes and textures of your food rather than wolfing it down in a hurry or snacking on the go? I can help you to learn to slow down and eat mindfully! I can help you to see the food you eat as medicine that not only nourishes your whole system, but also tastes delicious!
So what is mindful eating?
Mindful eating means taking the time to honour your food by choosing high quality, organic food, preparing it with care and eating it slowly and mindfully using your five senses to really enjoy it. It means allocating quiet time to prepare and enjoy eating your meal without rushing or multitasking at the same time. Mindful eating is a way of saying to yourself: “I respect my body enough to be mindful of what I put into it and of the way I eat.” Think of this type of eating as a meditation. It means choosing to be present with your food and the way you eat it. People often comment on how food tastes better when we are camping or at a picnic – the reason is that when we are camping or at a picnic, we are eating more mindfully than when in our regular routing in our busy life, and as such we enjoy the food more, we really taste it and we are taking our time. Now you can enjoy your food at home, as much as you do when at a picnic or camping!
Your body’s ability to process the food you eat, has only 25% to do with WHAT you eat, and 75% to do with WHO you are being when you eat and that is where mindful eating comes into play. When your food doesn’t get processed properly, your digestive system cannot properly assimilate the nutrients, vitamins and minerals in your food, and you therefore do not get all the goodness in the food you have just eaten, and some of it ends up being stored as fat.
My clients find that eating mindfully helps to:
- Sense intuitively when you are full
- Gain way more satisfaction from eating
- Develop a healthy relationship with food
- See food as medicine
- Discover new tastes and textures
- Improve digestion (less gas and bloating)
- Regulate bowel movement
- Discover food sensitivities
- Create healthy habits that enliven you
How will I know if it’s time for me to learn to eat mindfully?
Glad you asked! It’s time for you to practice mindful eating if you answer “YES” to any of these questions:
- You get bloated after eating
- You scoff down your food because you are always in a rush
- You eat just to feel full not to enjoy the tastes
- You eat to numb out
- You want to learn to enjoy healthy food
- You feel bloated easily
- You crave sugar or starchy foods
- You have difficulty focusing or foggy brain
- You feel lethargic after eating
- You have allergies or hay fever
- You feel addicted to eating foods that aren’t healthy for you but you can’t stop
- You tend to gain weight easily, especially in your belly
- You have extra pounds that won’t come off with diet and exercise
What do I do now?
In my health coaching practice, I help clients discover how to listen to their body. You will learn to recognize when you are stressed at meal times, and need to switch on your digestive system before eating, and when you might not actually need food, but your body is asking for some other kind of nourishment instead. I lead you through a step-by-step process to learn how to eat mindfully and to learn what to eat for your unique body type.
If you answered “YES” to any of the symptoms above, then click here now to schedule an initial coaching session to talk with me about how you can learn to eat mindfully.I’ll help you understand what’s blocking you from eating mindfully and I’ll show you how to get started.
To your digestive health!