Be Mindful About What You Eat

Image by Stephanie Frey
Image by Stephanie Frey

Don’t be an “unconscious eater.” It is very easy to grab whatever is handy and shove it in your mouth in all social situations and also while watching television or even doing chores around the house. It is amazing how much you can pack away without even realizing it. Be mindful about what you eat. Mindfulness ensures that you will eat the most nutritious and affordable foods available

Think about this . . . are you more mindful of the care you give your car than of the care you give your body? You would never use the wrong fuel for your car and expect it to run well. You depend on your car to get you where you need to go and probably take good care of it. You make sure it has regular maintenance, the right oil, the right fluids, and the right fuel. So why would you be less cautious regarding your body?

Unconscious eating habits endanger your own health, and also the health of your children. As a parent, do you toss whatever you can find on the table for the kids and hope they will stay healthy? Do you stop to think about the importance of building strong healthy bodies so they can enjoy long lives free of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity?

You probably try to give your kids the most nutritious foods you can afford. But, when life’s pressures and responsibilities overwhelm you, you may end up going through the nearest drive-thru just to get the family fed. You tell yourself that one time is not going to hurt; but, the truth is, even one time a week at a fast food restaurant adds up.

If you plan ahead and stay mindful of what you need to do in order to feed yourself and your family healthy nutritious meals, you will be more successful in making it happen. If you wait until you are too tired to think about nutritious food, chances are you simply won’t care if you take the easy road.

Educate yourself – read about food and how nutrition affects the body. Find healthy recipes, plan healthy meals in advance, have healthy snacks available to keep the kids happy while you prepare meals, and learn to Cook Ahead.

Finally, listen to your own body. What is good for one person may not be good for another. If you deal with food allergies and intolerances, you must take those into consideration when planning meals. Food allergies, or not, it is imperative to pay attention to how you feel after you eat – today and over time.  By doing so, you can continue to make the best food choices for you and your family.

Eat Well – Live Well!