THE MINDFUL BITES FOUR PILLARS
Ask yourself, are you hungry?
Asking ourselves this simple question slows us down and prevents us from falling into physically and emotionally unhealthy habits like auto-eating and mindless grazing. By staying present in the moment, we can reconnect with our physical cues, hunger signals and eat with intention to satisfy our hunger.
What are you eating?
Pausing to reflect on the food we’re eating enhances our awareness of how our food interacts with our body. It enables us to consider whether it is rich in the right nutrition and satisfying our physical, mental and emotional requirements for that moment. Bringing awareness to the process of eating puts us back in control, and open us up to the choices of what we eat, how much we have and most importantly, the right moment to finish our meal.
How are you benefitting from your food?
Appreciation for individual ingredients and their nutritional benefits helps us to forge a stronger, healthier relationship with food as a powerful fuel that can optimise daily physical, mental and emotional performance. By using daily gratitude-enhancing techniques, we reflect on how positive nutrition can boost our vitality, strengthen our bodies’ defences, detox our systems or indulge our senses. When we feel grateful for the benefits we derive from the right ingredients, we can begin to rekindle our relationship with food.
Are you savouring your food?
Food is a joy to eat! We believe that by reclaiming control over our cultural food obsession and the banishing the joyless approach of restrictive dietary regimes, we can reconnect with our food and drink in a positive way. By acknowledging and celebrating the pleasure provided by food and adopting a non-judgemental approach, we can finally ditch the guilt and celebrate the passion, creativity and shared, sensual experience of eating and living well.
Mindful Eating encompasses the techniques of present awareness, and intentional eating; meaning that mindful eaters become fully conscious of physical and emotional eating cues and learn to guide their food choices and eating behaviours with non-judgemental awareness.
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