Thursday, July 22, 2010

Mindfulness

I've written before about my struggles with body image, weight and food.  First let me say, I will readily admit that my "struggles" are not even close to what I know many women go through on a daily basis.  But, I know I'm not where I want to be when it comes to my diet, as well as my attitude towards food.

I was lucky enough to get to talk these things over with Christine, a.k.a. Holistic Guru, and she really helped guide me towards some great ways to finally make peace with my diet and with food.

The first thing is mindfulness.  As a busy trimommy, coach, flutist, wife...the list goes on, I often just inhale my food when I get a free minute.  The problem with this is I get absolute no satisfaction from eating that way.  In fact, sometimes I don't even remember I ate something!  Than I feel like I didn't eat lunch or whatever and eat more. Likewise, if I have a "treat" that I usually would feel guilty about, I eat it mindlessly because I don't want to admit that I am "cheating," as it were.  This often leads to a downward spiral of overeating and emotional eating.

So what to do about that?  Well, I am trying to be more mindful of my eating.  I take the time to enjoy the food and the surroundings and the moment that I am eating, rather than just eat it as fast as I can.  I've been trying to think about how good the food tastes while I'm eating it, so I don't have to overeat.  There are times when I still am rushing, but I acknowledge that as well.  All in all, it's been very eye-opening to me.  In the past two days of applying this I have seen where I would often just have something because I was in a certain situation, or it was a certain time of day, even if I wasn't hungry.  I have also enjoyed my food so much more.

The other thing Christine said to me that was so fantastic was this:
The perfect diet is a diet that is flexible.  Find perfection in imperfection.

In other words, understand that a treat every now and then is something to rejoice in and be grateful for, not something to cause guilt.  Everyone falls of the wagon.  Accept that and understand that it's okay, but it will just take a little more effort to get back on again.  Enjoy the moments of indulgence, and be mindful of what makes those moments special.

I do believe I eat very healthy, but I also know I have a ways to go to reach balance.  That is what I'm working on.

4 comments :

  1. I love your outlook on everything! Keep it up!!

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  2. Thank you for passing on what you have learned. I lose this battle ALL the time....I always think of how much skinnier I would be if I ate as well as I could.

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  3. Great points here. It is important to feel satisfied & nonguilty when eating. I like the idea of being more mindful, intentional, eating with a purpose? :-)

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  4. Passing on the insight you've gleaned from Christine is great! I also think quoting her on that was awesome because everyone who is training to do anything needs to remember that! Training for that perfect time, or ideal goal in a race and falling short can devastate some....rather timely quote! :-)

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