Break the habit of mindless eating

By July 3, 2014 Uncategorized No Comments

mindless eating

I got thinking about how easy it is to fall into the habit of mindless eating.  We all do it – some more than others.  I could talk about the psychology of food choices; the physiology of hunger; the potential nutritional consequences of mindless eating and the impact on your waistline, but really I want to inspire you to stand back and think about how you could become more connected with the food you are eating.

Just to clarify, when I say mindless eating, I’m not just talking about sitting in front of the tv/computer knocking back chocolate biscuits – that’s obviously not good for your body.  But even healthy choices can become mindless when you make the same food choices day in/day out.  I have improved my diet a lot over the years but I notice that many of my food choices are made on virtual auto pilot.  Here’s an example – although I eat, what I consider to be a healthy breakfast (porridge, almond milk and milled nuts/seeds), I eat the same thing every day.  More than that, it seems to set me up for a day of fixed routine eating.  So, even though I am eating good foods most of the time, I am relying on a narrow range of foods – I’m so busy eating apples, blueberries, strawberries and watermelon – that grapes, plums, pears and many other fruits never get a look in.  The same goes for veg – no problems on my intakes of onions, garlic, carrots, sweetcorn, butternut squash, brocolli, spinach & kale – but I rarely eat radish, cauliflower, cabbage, bok choy and serveral other veg.  I love all fish/seafood but all I ever seem to eat is salmon, tuna and prawns. And don’t get me started on all those herbs and spices that never seem to make it near my food.

I realise that with our increasingly busy lives, it’s easier if we don’t have to think about what we are eating – we can dash around the supermarket quickly and get on with our lives.  But I believe that when we eat mindlessly, we are disconnected with the deeper role of food in our lives.  It’s not just fuel to keep us going – any source of calories will do that in the short to medium term.  How we eat is an expression of our self worth and its a means through which we can show our families how much we care for them.  Change doesn’t have to happen over night – I am still on my journey and there are still foods in our home that I plan to phase out and other foods that I haven’t managed to phase in yet.

So, here are the words I wrote down to inspire me to become more connected with what I eat.  I hope that they inspire you too:

 

VARIETY        FLAVOUR           COLOUR       HERBS      SPICES        FRUITS         NUTS       SEEDS      PLANT FOODS      WHOLEGRAINS       PULSES

NUTRITION         ENERGY         VIBRANT              REAL FOOD        NOURISH       FIBRE        WATER       ANTIOXIDANTS    

SEASONAL       CLOSE TO SOURCE            FOOD MILES         DE-TOXIFY           CLEANSE       VITALITY      SUPER FOODS

NATURAL          UN-PROCESSED       MINIMALLY PROCESSED      FREE RANGE      LISTEN TO YOUR BODY       ORGANIC

I encourage you to write your own list and to start to become more connected with what you are eating.  It may just be small changes – like switching from white to whole grains but it’s a step towards better health and becoming more mindful about what you eat.  Your list may be very different to mine – better health starts one change at a time so it doesn’t need to be a long list.

Wishing you all the best on your journey to better health

 

 

 

 

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