Have you ever had a time when you used junk food or fast food weekly or daily? Maybe he felt he was overweight and unhealthy, addicted to unhealthy snacks, fried fatty foods, and was he eating carelessly? It is clear that the type of eating is not healthy. However, sometimes knowing this is still not enough.
I have a history of personal experience with this myself. The actual content of my diet was an important factor, but just as damaging was the way I ate, emotionally and without thinking. These eating habits developed over time, after years of eating to socialize, relieve stress, feel better, satisfy cravings. I knew it was time to start changing my eating habits. I realized how difficult it would be to change, simply because the food was filling many emotional needs and because I was constantly turning to the same routines without having to consciously think about its consequences both in my body and in my mind.
I think the biggest change I made was tuning … not going out … so I learned to pay more attention. I began to become a student of my own diet, of what I ate, the tastes, the textures and how it made me feel during and after eating. I began to concentrate consciously on my desire to eat and on the emotions that caused them. The key changes I noticed came slowly, but when I started paying attention and became more aware, this became the key habit in my shift to a healthier life, and once I made this change, it became a catalyst for other healthy changes as well. So, what is conscious eating?
The concept of conscious eating has a long and fascinating history, which goes back to its roots in Zen philosophies and other forms of Buddhism, and has adapted in a more physical sense to the teachings of the body and the mental connection in Yoga. Without going too deep into the widely accepted physical benefits of general care, things like reducing stress, lowering blood pressure, improving sleep habits and having a more positive outlook in general, I would like to focus on some of the basic principles related to Conscious feeding itself.
Two first steps in the path of conscious feeding
Conscious eating is learning to eat in the present moment. Become a connoisseur of every meal you have the privilege of being able to appreciate, no matter how inconsequential or routine they are in your daily process. Relearn how to appreciate the subtle flavors and textures of your food, even if it's something you've eaten before, try to experience this particular food as if it were the first time. In addition, adding new flavors and experimenting with your meals in small quantities can help add to this revival of your dining experience.
Why do I feel like eating? – Is there any excitement triggering the feeding?
What I am eating? – Is it healthy for me to consume or is it junk food?
Observe the feeling of the food you are eating: what does it look like? Smells like? Feel like? And, of course, how do you know?
Be present both during and after, how does it make you feel while you test it? How do you digest it? Important: How do you feel after eating it?
Eating in excess or below normal: notice if you feel too full or "full"? Or is your stomach still empty after eating?
Emotional response: Do you feel guilt and shame? Do you experience repentance or self-criticism?
Always keep in mind that like anything else, practice makes perfect. This is simply another skill that can be improved and mastered over time to help you achieve your overall goals of being healthier and more content. In its essence, this is really a form of meditation with food, with the aim of deepening your inner awareness about what you eat, how you eat and how it connects with your body and mind.
Learning and developing any new technique or way of thinking always has its challenges and, sometimes, it can be difficult not to fall back into more familiar routines and habits, but I encourage you to be kind to yourself whenever it happens, and know that It is always the next meal for you to practice conscious feeding again.
Honestly, the biggest secret to adapting this approach to your diet is that you will really learn to love food again. And whatever your particular struggle, we all know that in the heart of that storm we sometimes forget to appreciate the little things, and I hope that maybe this can help guide your journey back to a place of healthy and happy eating. happy mind
How conscious are you with your food?
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