Next time you sit down to eat, take a moment to contemplate how the food on your plate is going to fuel your body and mind. Spend a few seconds looking at the composition of your plate. Take in the smells. Eat slowly and chew your food dully to aid in digestion and to fully enjoy your meal. Try not to be distracted and take breaks in between bites.
Conscious eating is about intentionally eating to support your health and performance, being aware of the affects of your food, and paying attention to what and how you eat.
I believe that the word "diet" sets you up for failure from the outset. It implies temporary actions that will not have lasting effects and can actually be very harmful to your metabolism and cause irreversible damage to your body.
No matter if your are Vegan, Paleo, Keto, Vegetarian, Whole 30, Low Carb, Mediterranean, Carnivorous... whatever the eating style, we can all benefit from following some simple guidelines to support our biology and optimize our performance.
Un-Process - throw out the processed foods filled with preservatives and toxins - aim for whole, fresh sources of food
Ditch The Sugar - in general, sugar is your enemy (not fat) - it causes inflammation, fuels disease and impairs performance
Quality Food - Prioritize high quality fats, grass-fed organic proteins, and fresh organic vegetables as much as possible
Stop Snacking - your body needs periods of no food to fully digest and tap into your nutrient stores - this is important for cell regeneration, detox and nutrient absorption
Pay Attention - pay attention to how your body reacts to the food you eat - things like pain, bloating, belching, fatigue... are not normal and can be eliminated by eating things that support your body.
Now, these are very general and surface-level guidelines for a very complex topic. While this is a great place to start, really make sure to do your research before drastically changing your food habits. It's important to understand the science behind these practices to make educated choices.
If you need help, I am always happy to support and guide you! I can provide you with the knowledge, tools and resources to craft yout healthy eating lifestyle!