Read Lola Berry's tips on practising the art of mindfulness and how it can lead to nourishment.
I’m into the spiritual, hippy stuff, it’s true. It might sounds a little naff, but I can promise you this stuff is the key to obtaining health. Mindfulness is the key to nourishment.
Being in the moment will help you enjoy every second of the foods you are fuelling your body with.
When you prepare food, take notice of its texture and colours (generally the more colours in a meal, the more nutrients). Play good music - I love to listen to quirky folk stuff or even classic stuff when I cook as it puts our brain waves into delta mode - that’s when we have our “light-bulb” moment ideas! If your cooking for someone you love, put loving energy into your food, make it the best meal this person has had all week, and when you are eating the meal with someone, take time to stop and talk, as opposed to shovelling it all down and talking at the same time.
Food is here to nourish and fuel our bodies but also to share with the souls we love, so it can be quite a special experience. Then when you’re eating it, chew it more than you normally would, try to pick the flavours. Listen to your body, you’ll find you get fuller quicker. Then enjoy the process of cleaning up, it’s all part of the process of food. Be aware and appreciate what you’ve just given your body. This is what mindful eating is all about, and you can be mindful not only when you eat but in every single aspect of your life. You will find you experience things on a deeper level and you will feel like you have a great perspective and understanding of things. Try it out, I believe you will be pleasantly surprised.
How to start mindful eating?
- Be in the moment, pick the ingredients you really want to cook with, smell them, touch them. Experience these foods. Even when you're buying them - if it's from a market ask for cooking tricks!
- Remember you don't get time back, so soak up every second. Enjoy the amazing things you create.
- My favourite quote: What time is it? Now, where are you? Here. Who are you? This moment.
- Be happy when you create food. We're often funning around and eat on autopilot and half the time we're stressed out or unhappy, or worse numb to what's really going on.
- If you're happy the food will taste better! Trust me, you'll be putting good vibes into everything!
Do what's right for you:
- Honouring yourself is key.
- We spend so much time worrying about everyone else that our own health can take a back seat.
- To be the best version of you. You need to do what nurtures your soul.
Try new things:
- Don't freak out about trying new foods, embrace and enjoy the process.
- Share these experiences with people.
Listen to your body:
- It always knows best.
- If something doesn't agree with you it's not the end of the world, you're just wiser.
- You now know a little more about yourself.
- I always say a little love prayer before my meals. it's my thing and you'll have your little ritual.
- Food is so magical. Honour it, honour you and as hippy as it sounds, enjoy it. You are in such a lucky position to be able to have so many choices when it comes to what we eat, remember that is a gift.
- It's here to nourish our bodies and share with those we love.
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