Why is a Daily Food Practice Important?
Good nutrition means good health because a healthy diet will give your body the right amount of energy and raw materials you need to stay healthy. Good nutrition will also provide phyto-chemicals and antioxidants that will help keep you feeling young, looking great, and perhaps even disease-free. A bad diet, on the other hand, will give you too many or too few calories, not enough vitamins and minerals, and will actually make you need more of the antioxidants that you aren't getting. The foods you choose to eat can do so much more than fill up your stomach. Eating a healthy diet may help to reduce your risk of certain health conditions, while eating a poor quality diet might increase your chances of feeling bad of becoming ill.
A Daily Food Practice will help you to integrate healthy food choices into your lifestyle while becoming aware and attentive to all dimensions of eating. This awareness will in turn allow you to more fully understand your body and the messages it is giving you. By making healthy food choices into practices you will be able to play around with different ones and find those that work best for your lifestyle and body needs. Then by making these practices habitual you will be able to maintain them without resistance.
A Note on Mindfulness and Eating
We think mindfulness is key to developing great habits that come from within. A Daily Food Practice-in tandem with a Daily Mind Practice-offers a powerful way to naturally evolve the way you eat. Ultimately, this awareness of food-of how much you're eating, of what you're doing when you're eating it, of how it tastes and what's in it-forms the cornerstone of letting food serve its real purposes of providing nourishment, energy, pleasure and life.
What is a Daily Food Practice?
A Practice is an activity that you perform routinely in order to establish a habit. A Daily Food Practice is a combination of healthy eating practices that you incorporate into your daily food consumption to allow your body and mind to work at an optimal level. A Daily Food Practice will allow you to try out different healthy eating tactics and integrate healthy food choices into your lifestyle while becoming aware and attentive to all dimensions of eating. This awareness will in turn allow you to more fully understand your body and the messages it is giving you.
In combination with a Daily Mindful Practice, a Daily Food practice will help you to be more mindful of how, what and why you eat. By cultivating a more mindful way of eating you can learn how to enjoy every meal and snack. You can also learn how to let food serve its true purposes of providing nourishment, energy, pleasure and a source of life.
A daily food practice could range from eating more fruits and vegetables to a complete weight loss program. A Daily Food Practice begins with learning how to "eat smart" - not just what you eat, but how you eat, being aware of the choices you make and revising your habits to make them more healthy and beneficial. Mindful Body recommends beginning your journey by keeping a food journal, learning some nutrition basics and using them in a way that works for you.
Examples of practices that could be included in a Daily Food Practice:
- Maintaining a food journal
- Eating more fruits & vegetable
- Eating 25 grams of fiber per day
What are the Benefits of a Daily Food Practice?
- Reduce your risk of illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes
- Help you defend against depression and stabilize your mood
- Boost your energy
- Sharpen your memory
- Help you to sleep better and feel more rested when you wake up
- Help to shield against disease by improving bodily functions and helping to improve immune system.
- Help reduce your stress levels
- Help to lose weight more easily and maintain it long term