With nutrition as the base of the CrossFit pyramid, we want our members to have a healthy relationship with food. One way that I have found very beneficial in my relationship with food is an approach called mindful eating.
What is mind-LESS eating?
Think about the time we spend eating, but more times than not, we’re doing something else too. We’re working, or driving, or watching TV, or on our phone, and we’re not fully aware of what we’re eating. Lack of awareness of the food we’re consuming may be contributing to the obesity epidemic and other underlying health issues.
What is Mindfulness? How can eating be mind-FUL?
My favorite definition of Mindfulness was defined by Jon Kabat-Zinn as “paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally”. This can be applied to the way we approach eating our meals daily.
First, we want our meals to be structured around what CrossFit recommends: Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, and no sugar. These are great general guidelines to follow when structuring a meal, whether you are someone who likes to use the hand-eye approach or Macros for nutrition.
After we prepare our meal, here are some ways to engage in mindful eating:
1)Turn off all electronics. Be fully present with your plate.
2) Appreciate your food. Ask yourself, where did this food come from? How did it become prepared for me to eat?
3) Engage your senses. How does the food smell? How does the food look? What does the texture feel like? Do you notice any sounds? Any outstanding flavors? Spend time exploring and engaging your senses.
4) Chew thoroughly (20-40 chews per bite depending on the food) and eat slowly.
5) Stop when you are full.
These tactics are simple ways to engage and appreciate your food! Give it a try and let us know how you like it!