The word mindfulness has begun to infiltrate all aspects of our lives and for good reasons. There may not be a more important role than mindfulness when it comes to nourishing oneself. We can begin with a basic understanding of the four macronutrients available for consumption: protein, fat, carbohydrates and alcohol. Understanding how each one of these macronutrients can be represented on your plate at each meal will have you ahead of the game from the start.
For optimum health and wellness, concentrate on the frequency, quantity and quality of each meal. With that said, frequency comes first as it is our lowest hanging fruit. How often and at what time are you sitting down to eat? Simply opening up our awareness of our day-to-day habits is increasing our mindfulness practice. Once we have established the frequency at which we eat, we can address the quantity of each meal.
When was the last time you looked down at your plate and thought, "I wonder how well the macronutrient profile of this meal will nourish my body?"
So many people just want to be told what to eat to accomplish some goal, be it weight gain or weight loss. The fact of the matter is, we lose the ability to truly venture into a mindful eating practice when we "don't want to think about what it is we are consuming". Eating does not simply nourish the body but it also provides copious amounts of pleasure when we indulge in what we enjoy. And the truth is, we ought to enjoy every moment.
Here we have the ability to revolutionize the way we understand wellness. As all the pieces converge, we can put into practice a healthy and holistic lifestyle in which we cultivate a community health standard. Let us all take the first step in implementing a mindful nutrition practice, as there is no other place more accessible than at home. Mindfulness begins at awareness. Conscious awareness of the quality, the quantity and the frequency with which you eat not only ensures a balanced diet but also lays the foundation to living an optimal life. When our bodies have been nourished well/mindfully, we have the building blocks to live a dynamic life. To nourish well is to live well. To nourish mindfully is to thrive.