Thursday, February 4, 2016

how to practice mindfulness through healthy eating

So what does healthy eating have to do with mindfulness?


I recently came across an episode on one of my favorite podcasts, Lady Lovin', about mindfulness where a meditation expert mentioned, "Your body is the gateway to peace of mind." This simple statement really resonated with me because I'd never thought about how greatly our bodies influence the way we think.

It works like this: your mind asks your body, "Is everything alright?" If your body responds that everything is good, your mind will have peaceful thoughts that reflect a peaceful body. But if your body is unbalanced for any reason, your mind will mirror that and have negative thoughts or be generally unfocused, preventing you from being a peaceful, mindful person. In order to improve your thoughts, you need to focus on how your body is feeling first, correcting any negativity there before you can alter your mind. 

Creating balance in your body means something different for everyone, whether it's taking more moments to breath, getting outside, or eating better. Once you've done whatever it is that your body needs, you can then start to change the way you think. 

I found this incredibly helpful because so often if I'm feeling negative or distracted, I'll just beat myself up, which never ends up helping. Knowing that there's a connection between my body and the way I think brought to light that I have to put in the work to make myself feel better physically before I can be a more mindful and content person. To me, this means eating healthy food and staying active. 

With this in mind, I've made a considerable effort for the past few weeks to eat more nurturing food. Resisting tempting, unhealthy foods has definitely been difficult, but after just the first full day, I noticed that my thoughts were more positive and less cloudy. 

Often, the goal of eating healthier is to reach a certain body type. Changing the way you eat to improve your thoughts is a new target that I find much more motivating because I see immediate results in the way I feel instead of waiting for the numbers to change on the scale. 

As we begin February and New Year's resolutions start to fade, it's important to remember that taking care of your body leads to a variety of benefits, that don't only include the way you look. 

To catch up on my first post in the Mindfulness Series on meditation, head over here.


24 comments:

  1. Soo healthy!! Lovely post!
    Xoxo,
    Love from www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

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    1. Super healthy! I totally would recommend listening to the Podcast if you're interested in hearing more!

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  2. Eating healthier totally helps me think better for sure! Great post

    sierradanielle.com

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    1. It really does help a ton! Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. I've been trying to eat healthier and I love it. I don't know if it really affects your mind, but I like how it influences my mind into thinking I have a clearer mind. \

    www.deasynoel.com

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    1. Ha! Love that, fake it till you make it!

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  4. Having a better body definitely gives you a healthier mind. I totally agree!

    Adi xx
    www.fancycorrectitude.com

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    1. It really does! I had no idea how strong the connection was. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Lovely post. I really need to get healthier ..

    Kisses,
    BLOG | TAISLANY

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    1. Thanks, Taislany! Learning this connection makes it so much easier to find the motivation to eat healthy food

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  6. Oh, I so agree with everything you wrote! I have stopped eating different products, really looking after what I put into my mouth - no more headaches (bye coffee!), less pimples and overall I feel better.

    Brigita
    http://www.brigitadambe.com/

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    1. It makes such a huge difference! Sugar especially I have found makes me feel seriously off. Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. This is great!

    xo

    www.dylanasuarez.com

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    1. Thanks so much, Dylana! Healthy food really does help so much

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  8. found your blog through bloglovin. just followed. great tips def gonna use these tips in the future.

    xoox,
    geri

    http://everydaylivingnyc.blogspot.com/

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    1. Ahh thanks! I just visited your site and followed you on bloglovin as well.

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  9. Great post, healthy food is the key to healthy life. Have a great day!
    www.reviewwali.com

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    1. It is so key! And being healthy goes so far beyond just the way you look. Thanks for reading!

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  10. mindfulness is so important for every aspect of your life. My grandma always used to tell me to chew my food properly not only because its good for you and your digestion but because its good for your soul to really taste what you are eating. Love this post!

    http://www.footnotesandfinds.com/

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    1. I couldn't agree more with that! Being mindful while eating is just as important as what you actually eat :)

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  11. when I read this article I remember this quote " take care of your body so your soul want to stay in it ". Being healthy is one of my main goal this year but it's important to do it for the right reason.

    http://veilbymaryam.com

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    1. That is such a great quote! I totally agree, becoming healthier this year is one of my main goals as well and it's important to find more motivation for making the change than just your appearance.

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  12. Several studies have shown that mindful eating strategies might help treat eating disorders and possibly help with weight loss. Psychologist Jean Kristeller at Indiana State University and colleagues at Duke University conducted an NIH-funded study of mindful eating techniques for treatment of binge eating. This is great post of this mindfulness topic.

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    1. Thanks so much! I definitely think mindfulness could be very helpful for treating eating disorders. I try to make an effort to do this everyday and it has really made a difference. Thanks for reading

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