When you’ve first had a baby, eating fresh homemade and healthy food comes pretty far down the list of priorities! It’s more of a grab something when you can kind of food relationship. And the exhaustion often means those food choices are not thought through.
So now Sienna is 3.5 months old, I’ve really started to try and get my eating back on track, and make more healthy choices. I was really interested to read this article from Legal and General about Mindful Eating for Better Living. Mindful eating is all about really experiencing food, being aware of what you are eating and why you’re eating it. It involves savouring your food – the different tastes. textures and smells. It also means really thinking about what you want to eat. Is yet another slice of toast really what you want? And it involves being thankful for the food we are eating, where it has come from and the people who have helped it to grow and get to our plates.
I gave mindful eating a go for a week. I wouldn’t say I embraced it fully. With a toddler and a young baby in the house, sometimes it’s hard to be lost in any moment. But I did my best! I made fresh food from recipes, which is something I rarely do. I cook something from scratch most nights, but my following of recipes usually involves scanning the ingredients then deciding myself how much to use and how to use it (and usually ending up with way too spicy food!). A HelloFresh box really helped in making this a reality, by providing both ingredients and recipes.
A few things I ate in my mindful eating week include Paprika Pork with Crushed New Potatoes and Butter Bean Stew, Baked Lemon Cod with Capers, Creamy Leek and Spicy Lentils, and Virtuous Curry with Toasted Cashews and Brown Rice.
The flavours of all the dishes were amazing! And I found myself fuller quicker by being mindful of what I was eating. The choices were much healthier than my usual quick grab options, and I actually lost a few pounds in weight that week.
It wasn’t just about eating the healthiest of foods though. I found myself being more mindful when eating my usual weekend chocolate, allowing myself to really enjoy it rather than wolf it down!!
I think there is a lot to be said for being mindful with food. In today’s society, we are always in such a rush to go no where! Eating is such a big part of our daily lives, so we really should put more effort in to being mindful as we do eat. I’m certainly going to continue mindful eating as best I can, and make the right choices for my body, to give me more energy to cope with my two little energy zappers!