Hi fitness warriors!
Your habits, emotions and state of mind can all link to the food you consume on a daily basis. We tend to eat when celebrating, sad, bored, etc, and unfortunately we often use emotions as an excuse to binge eat the wrong foods. Throughout this blog, you will learn how to become mindful of negative habits to assist you from over-indulging / binge eating.
Everything starts with mindfulness:
We all have good and bad habits when it comes to food. Your daily food consumption can be caused by a number of things, most commonly your daily routine. Important aspects of your daily routine to note include your first and last meal time each day and your purpose behind each meal. If you can stick to a ‘food routine’ you will then have the ability to plan your food schedule and keep yourself accountable. By planing meals throughout your week you will be able to become mindful to make necessary changes when needed.
Your food plan:
Firstly: close your eyes and think back on the last three days and ask yourself the below questions to realise your current daily schedule;
- Am I eating with other people? – If yes, how fast are you eating? / Are you only eating because they are?
- What foods am I eating? – Do I select my foods based on convenience? The cheapest option? – or on nutritional value and taste when making these choices?
- What led you to want/need each particular meal?
- What times are you eating and why then? – Is it because that is the most convenient time in your routine? Is it because that’s when others are available to go out with you, or is it because it fits in with your fitness and work schedule? Or in some cases – are you simply eating because you are bored?
- Where are you eating? – Are you cooking at home or dining out more often? Do you use delivery services to bring food to you and why? What environment are you surrounding yourself in when eating?
- How do you feel after a meal? – energised, full, bloated or still hungry?
These examples are just a handful of important questions that I want you to become aware of. Being mindful of why we make the food choices we do will help you understand why your habits may be the way they are and even why your health and lifestyle may be progressing at the pace it is.
Positive environment, positive mind:
When it comes to food; having the knowledge to make enhanced nutritional decisions is key. By breaking down the above process and asking yourself the important questions, you will slowly become cautious of daily habits. You will then have the skills to use food as a source of energy – rather than just being a convenience / something to do.
When planning each week’s nutritional intake, you can also use techniques such as meal prep, intermediate fasting (having 14-hours between your last and first meal of the day), eating meals with others, and many other techniques that the Cam’s Crazy 8s platform teaches.
Once you discover the purpose of each meal it’s important to understand how you specifically want food to be perceived in your life and allow your lifestyle to cater for this. It is important to note: Balance is key, so by doing this I am not saying “don’t eat that doughnut,” yet plan your meals around this doughnut to make up for this guilty pleasure!
Food is a very social thing, we like to take friends and family to our favourite cafe’s and restaurants, or simply fit in a quick and nutritious lunch between meetings with our colleagues. Because of this social aspect, it is important to share our position on food and health with those we interact with. The purpose of this is the power of social accountability – meaning get your friends, family, colleagues or whoever it may be to become apart of this journey alongside you, making it harder to crack under pressure and indulge in your favourite snacks when you are making food decisions!
Altogether, every meal has a purpose; whether you’re hungry, bored or just feel like you need to – there is no wrong answer but by becoming mindful of the purpose of a meal, you will be able to breakdown your everyday habits and environment. Mindful eating can go a long way in shaping your ability to maintain a healthy and nutritious diet.
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I’ll see you next time!