Beat your habits through mindfulness

 

Hi Fitness Warriors!

 

Your emotions, state of mind and every day habits can all link to the food you consume on a daily basis. People tend to eat when we're celebrating, happy, sad or even bored; and unfortunately, at times, we use these emotions as an excuse to binge eat, or eat the wrong foods. Throughout this blog - we will teach you how to become mindful and aware of these habits to (hopefully) prevent you from over-indulging and snacking at times you don't want to.

 

Everything starts with mindfulness:

 

Each and every meal has a purpose and it's important to find yours in each - don’t get me wrong, we all have good and bad habits when it comes to food, however, we first need to become aware of these habits before we can start implementing healthy options.

Your daily food consumption can be caused by a number of things, most commonly; your daily routine. Important aspects of your daily routine that are important to note include the times you consume your first and last meal each day and why you choose to eat the meals you do on a daily basis. 

If you can stick to a ‘food routine’ (at least between Monday and Friday each week) you will then have the ability to plan your weekly food schedule and have the ability to keep yourself accountable. By scheduling-in and planing meals throughout your week you will be able to become aware and make necessary changes if needed.

 

Let's get your food plan started:

 

Firstly - close your eyes and think back on the previous week. I then want you to ask yourself the below questions to realise your current daily habits/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 each day will help you to understand why your habits may be the way they are and maybe why your health and lifestyle may not be developing the way you would like them to.

 

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 more cautious of your daily habits and lifestyle and therefore have the skills to use food as a source of energy - rather than just being a convenience/something we do daily.

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 to slow down your eating and many other techniques that we have used in previous blogs. 

Once you discover the purpose of each meal and set a rough food plan for your upcoming week 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," however I am saying plan your meals around this doughnut to make sure it doesn't end up becoming three doughnuts!

 

Conclusion:

 

Food is a very social thing - we like to go out and Instagram our brunch, 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.

As always: If you’d like to enter our monthly draw to receive a 3-month FREE Cam’s Crazy 8s membership - be sure to post your key take-away from this blog on your social media and tag @camscrazy8s. We will be selecting the winner at the end of each month!

 

I’ll see you next time!

 

 

 

 

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