How Mindfulness help build good food practices
We depend on food as nourishment — physiologically, psychologically, and spiritually. We hold great respect for it and value food through prayers of gratitude. These very practices of expressing gratitude, and not wasting food are principle to mindful eating. Mindful eating practices help you to look at a situation from a different perspective on consuming food as a problem.
How mindful are you about your eating habits?
Mindful Meditations opens you up to a spiritual experience; its benefits trickle into all aspects of life, especially your overall health. Consuming food is without a doubt central to a human experience, and thus we form a spiritual connection to food. A body and spirit connection invites better intuitive eating and self-perceived body image. On the other hand, if you are disturbed mentally, your spiritual connection to food, and thus your intuitive eating skills can become blunted.
Every aspect of the food cycle contains remarkably deep spiritual and psychological implications. Food spirituality could improve our understanding our human nature in a profoundly holistic manner. Nourishing food is what breathes new life to your cells. It is a more direct approach to refining your mental wellbeing as it will literally make you feel good, by ensuring health of every organ.
One such indication of the positive effects of mindfulness on food practices and health, is reflected in a study of Buddhist monks who ate 15−19 g of protein and meditated 3–4 times a day. They were compared to laymen who had 30 g of protein a day (Sitprija and Suvanpha, 1983). This study observed the two groups for 3 years and found that the group of monks remained in stable health condition while the control group of participants (the laymen) experienced consistent progression towards kidney failure.
We recommend doing this powerful short meditation:
Body scan meditations are also an excellent to improve your eating habits.
Mindfulness can help by raising self-awareness on your existing relationship with food and bring attention to parts of the body where negative emotions (that fuel unfavorable food decisions) are stored. Once these are identified, daily habits can be implemented to work on improving eating practices.
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