by Leslie O’Neill
Happy Friday Queens!
This has been a tough week for many. As we close out the week there are still homes under water and families displaced. My prayers and thoughts are with all who are struggling at this time. We take for granted our homes, the food we have and all the amenities we live with on a daily basis. It takes a disaster sometimes for us to look at our lives and just be grateful to be here!
I thought this week would be a good time to change things up a little bit so no food recipe this week. Recipes are great but for me I like to teach others about eating intuitively which means listening to your body and what your body is asking for you to eat. This might sound a little strange but our bodies know what they want for nourishment, we usually not paying attention. We are so busy running around with our to do list, we don’t take the time to think about what is on our plate and how it will interact with our health. We don’t need a recipe to listen to our body, actually eating without a recipe is a better choice.
When we take the time to slow down around our food we give ourselves an opportunity to become engaged with our plate, our bodies and our minds. When was the last time you felt relaxed and enjoyed a healthy meal? A meal without sauce, gravy and condiments. Eating real whole foods in their naturally state is how you can start being more mindful of the connection between food and your body. By fully appreciating what your food tastes like in its natural state you will feel better about yourself, your body and your relationship with food.
You don’t have to be deprived when you are eating healthy, you just need to change your opinion on what eating healthy means. It isn’t about boring and tasteless. It is about being curious and excited to feel the effects on how eating better will make you feel. What is on our plate matters, food sends messages to our cells and our nervous system. If you want to receive good messages, you need to eat good food.
Here are a few tips on getting started:
1. Once a week commit to eating raw whole foods
2. Next salad you eat don’t smother in dressing, use just olive oil and some salt
3. Between bites put your fork down and count to 10 ( this will be hard for many)
4. Don’t have your cell phone near you when eating.
Leslie is having a local mini-retreat here in Myrtle Beach on November 14th that will talk about living a lifestyle that includes mindful eating and self-awareness. For more information contact Leslie directly @843-360-1140.