Why is Mindful Eating Important?
If you told me 15 years ago, when I was a grieving, stressed out single mom, that I would end up certified in Mindful Eating training, (MB-EAT), I would have thought you were a little off.
I always loved food and nutrition, but never equated mindfulness with food.
And who has time for meditation?
I didn’t see the connection at first.
Mindfulness, Meditation and Mindful Eating changed my life. It changed the way I see my plate, and myself.
In a world where youth and outer beauty are prized, learning how to just “be” in the skin you’re in, is a refreshing change of view, when you are 52.
If you have been blessed to reach this age, you likely have had many a dance with diets and feeling “less than”.
Menopause awakened more negative thoughts for me, with body changes, hormone messes, and my mind feeling like it was dipped in jello some days.
Peri-menopause and menopause brings you face to face with changes in your body that leave you feeling out of control, ready to just say EF IT on health, and dive into the Miss Vickies potato chips.
Sea salt and vinegar please.
Chances are, if you have reached your 50’s, you will also have had grief touch you, maybe many times, and also adapted to eating your feelings, like me. We all eat emotionally, this is human nature, but some of us use food to stuff down and numb out. It seems easier than facing what ails us.
This causes a whole cascade of other problems that disturb the peace of our mind body connection. The shame, the guilt, the giving up, the giving over and the “Start Monday Mentality”.
Why Mindful Eating Is Important to me:
It taught me that if I choose to eat because I just want to, I am not a failure.
I learned to appreciate my own individual body, that carries me through the day. Being grateful for where my body is at today keeps me in the present, and not worrying about the future. For me, I get anxious when I look too far forward, as this induces fear, or worry too much about the past, and the things I can’t change.
Mindful Eating helped me get to the reasons of WHY I eat. I helps me get to who I truly am. Once we know ourselves, all of it, the whys behind what we do, the ugly stuff, the beautiful stuff, and grant forgiveness upon ourselves, THEN, we truly gain perspective around the food.
One of the principles of Mindful Eating is Self-Compassion.
I understand that I have choice, in thoughts, behaviour and actions. And so do you. Using a Mindful Check-in helps me slow down and make choices that nourish me, body and soul.
Mindful Eating reconnected me to hunger, satiety, and to food. To eat, and to ENJOY it, is to be human. Allowing yourself to be human allows vulnerability.
Vulnerability is the foundation for growth. #lovebreneebrown
Mindful Eating, Health Coaching and Holistic Nutrition make a great match. Helping others form their unique health and food foundation makes sense. We all have unique needs, desires and emotions.
Have you started your Mindful Eating Path yet? If you’re new to Mindful Eating, get on the waitlist for my Minful Mini Series, and discover the gifts Mindful Eating has in store for YOU.
And if you’re comfy, please share! I’d love to know how Mindful Eating is changing you!
Be Well, Be Happy,