3 times per day we get to express our values through food. -Michael Pollan
Wow!!! That’s powerful, don’t you think? Your values as it applies to how the food is produced and also the value of yourself. Do you buy local fruit, vegetables and meat from farmers in your area? Are you a vegetarian or vegan? I’m not judging you. These are just personal choices. Choices that YOU ALONE have in your power.
As a recovering food addict, this was an interesting topic to me.
Moving towards the food as fuel mindset and food freedom was not something that happened overnight for me. To be honest, I didn’t know I was a food addict when I was in the middle of it. I was just depressed, that’s all I knew.
So this process of self experimentation happened over the course of MONTHS. Why? Because you will not and cannot see the effects of the food you put into your mouth until it creates the compound effect. Meaning, when I was obese, I worked very hard at eating a lot of bread, pizza, pasta, sugary drinks, chips, and the like. So conversely, I have to see what my body’s reaction to a different way of eating would be like over a period of weeks or months.
So what is mindful eating? When you are preparing food or out to eat at a restaurant…..
Think to yourself:
Why am I eating this?
Is it helping my body get the fuel it needs to run at its best?
Am I going to feel regretful later?
Am I eating this because I’m happy?
Am I eating this because I’m sad or depressed?
Am I bored?
I’m not saying never have treats. I’m just encouraging mindfulness eating. There are times when I will be thinking about having a crusty baguette sandwich or pizza over and over for a week and I definitely have it and it doesn’t send me spiraling out of control (anymore). These are just cravings and I can either control my mind or it can control me.
The majority (meaning 80-90 percent) of time, I stick to LCHF plus intermittent fasting.
No one way of eating works for everyone and the only way you can figure it out is by trying different ways.
That being said….. I really believe in the benefits of a no sugar / no grains lifestyle. I’m not claiming to be a fancy, know-it-all-expert and I’m not telling you what to do, just sharing what worked for me and the process I went through in hopes to help.
So give it a shot! Over the next week try being mindful at every meal. Pay attention to how you feel, the smells, and savor the taste. Tell me how it goes! I want to hear back from you.