What you eat and how you eat it matters
For a couple of years I’ve started reading books on healthy eating, meditation, mindfulness, spirituality, healthy life, etc. I enjoy them very much and I try to read as much as possible and, the hard part, to implement what I learned. There are many things you already know but don’t hurt to be reminded of. We all are very good at theory but the practice is the thing that kills us.
With that in mind and with the findings from the last book I’ve read, In praise of slowness, I started changing my way of eating. For a year or so, after reading China Study by T. Colin Campbell I begun to drastically change my eating habits and now I’ve gone further more. What I’ve found in China Study woke me up and made me do some changes in my life. I used to eat a lot of meat and junk food. French fires were my favorite dish but not anymore. I ate a lot of fried foods, sausages, ham and salami. But I said stop although even now I can’t say I changed completely but, I’m on the right path.
Change is hard so how can we do it?
We have to take small steps. I think for every one of us there is a click. When it happens the changes start to appear in our life. One thing to trigger that is to be informed. To read as much as possible to find out what others do and what happens when you eat something and how bad it is for you and what studies have shown in the recent years regarding what we put in our mouths. You will wake up for sure if you haven’t already.
At the begging I reduced my meats and my fried dishes. I started cooking more at home and I was careful what ingredients I used. I’ve started buying locally grown products as much as I possibly could. Now I even try during the week, for at least 3 days to eat only fruits and vegetables; lots and lots of salads, smoothies and drink plenty of fluids.
Also, after reading about the slow food movement I tried to implement some things into my way of eating like being more aware of the eating process. I always ate in front of TV or my computer and always very fast. In 10 minutes I finished my meal and continued with my movie or my internet browsing. I don’t even think I felt the taste or the smell and the chewing was on auto pilot. As you may know, this habit it’s not a good one. You should sit at the table alone or with your special someone or family and friends and enjoy and be aware of what you eat. You should chew for at least 20 times before you swallow. It is said that you should drink your food and eat your water so that all the food to be digested and assimilated more easily. And, of course, pay attention to everything that you put in your mouth. How it smells, how it tastes, how it feels in your mouth and how the whole process makes you feel. Be aware and enjoy every moment of it.
So next time you are at the table, try to remember at least some of these advices. Try, at least, to slow down and find pleasure in it.