Mindful nutrition uses a mindful approach to food to encourage a more positive attitude towards food and improve food-based relationships and habits. It involves awareness of internal and external factors, such as where and how food is sourced, how it is prepared, how different foods make you feel, and so forth. The best part is, it’s easier to incorporate than you think! Here are a few tips to get started:
Know what’s in season - have a chat to your local grocer or farmer about what fruit and veg is in season. Not only can it help you understand what’s available and where produce comes from, but it can help save some $$$ too!
Cook to reduce waste - how many different ways can you use your fruit and veg? Most of our parents, grandparents and I’m sure great grandparents (like most) were masters of minimising wastage and making a meal last. Old fruit can be stewed up or used in baking, turn veges into a nourishing soup or vegetable scraps into stock, turn stale bread into breadcrumbs, the possibilities are endless! A little creativity can go a long way, so dig out nan’s recipe book and see what you come up with!
Keep a journal - journalling is a wonderful mindfulness tool and can be used to help foster a more meaningful relationship with food and your body. To read more about the basics of keeping a food journal, CLICK HERE. If you don't have the time or