There seem to be a lot of ‘faddy’ food trends appearing here, there and everywhere lately. If I’m honest, I’m a little uncomfortable with the obsession with everything being ‘gluten free, dairy free, raw, vegan dust’, particularly when a gluten-free diet may do more harm than good for those of us who are not diagnosed as gluten intolerant.
So, given this surge of new fads, I was quite sceptical when Legal and General contacted me for my thoughts on ‘Mindful Eating‘. Sounds like some kind of hippy diet, I thought. I was wrong!
Mindful eating, as the name suggests, is all about thinking more about what you eat, listening to your body and tuning in to what it needs. Who can argue with that?!
Since becoming single and living alone, freshly prepared evening meals were a very rare occurrence. A quick pizza or a mug of soup were my staples; quick, easy and reasonably tasty. However, this challenge allowed me to invest more time in actually cooking food from scratch and then enjoying eating it and I really loved the opportunity to reconnect with my food.
Cooking from scratch doesn’t have to mean complicated recipes that take hours. The food provided to me was from Hello Fresh and I followed a couple of their recipes as they looked really simple, fresh and delicious. I wasn’t disappointed. Here’s the ‘Tiger Prawn Linguine’ and the ‘Honey Mustard Sausages with Red Onion Gravy’. Yum!
I’m sure you’ll agree, taking a little extra time and consideration over my food has paid dividends in making the dishes a feast for the eyes!
Not only did I cook my meals from scratch, I also took time to sit at the table to eat. I put on some classical music at a low volume for some background noise and actually concentrated on what I was eating. By doing this, I slowed down the pace at which I was eating, giving my body more time to recognise the food and triggering the signals that tell me I’m full long before I’d finished the whole plate of food. I really do think this has meant I ate less during those meals, only giving my body what it needs and not stuffing myself full.
So, now that I’ve tried mindful eating for myself, will I carry on with it? Absolutely! I will continue eating at the table rather than on my lap and whilst I can’t always spare the time to cook a full meal every night, I will do so whenever possible. After all, food has such a massive impact on my physical and mental wellbeing I need to make sure I get it right as often as I can! I’ve already lost 4 stone in weight over the last 18 months, and I think mindfulness could be the key to losing the last few lbs.
Have you tried mindful eating? Perhaps you’re already mindful when it comes to food? Let me know in the comments if you have any comments or questions.
Disclaimer: I was provided with food to cook whilst trying out Mindful Eating. As always, I wasn’t expected to write positively about my experiences and all views expressed are my own personal opinions.