Accepting your inner wisdom
Are you concerned about your weight? Perhaps you have tried cutting calories in the past, or tried any number of various dietary strategies, such as excluding fats of avoiding “carbs”. Maybe you have lost weight – only to gain it right back within a few months. You know something is wrong and you feel not in control of your own body. You are convinced that something has to change – but where do you begin?
Using mindfulness to ‘nourish’ your inner self
The concept of mindfulness derives from buddhist teachings. The practise of being mindful is that of being fully present in each moment. Being mindful means being fully aware of all that is going on, within ourselves, as well as all that is happening around us – from moment to moment, without judgement or pre-conceived ideas.
Learning to eat and live mindfully is the key to experiencing health and inner peace.
When we eat and our mind is aware of each bite – savouring the taste and flavours, as well as nourishment that our food is giving us, we activate the part of our autonomic nervous system called the para-sympathetic.
Activating the healer within
The activation of the para-sympathetic side of our autonomic nervous system, as opposed to the sympathetic, fight or flight response allows our bodies to activate the digestive processes necessary, so that our food is better absorbed and utilised more efficiently for health and healing within our bodies.
There are many ways to practice mindfulness in relation to the physical nourishment we derive from our food. Here are some ideas:
- Turn the TV off when you have your meals.
- Put your phone on silent.
- Light Candles.
- Really try to taste your food – enjoy the flavours and textures.
- Give yourself some time to digest the meal you’ve just eaten before getting up.
Take small steps every day, and be persistent – small steps will add up over time. With the constant practice of mindfulness, you will begin to get in touch with your body’s inner wisdom. You will have a better understanding of the foods which nourish you and give you the energy your body needs.