In a world full of diets, conflicting scientific evidence, and "my way is best," it can be challenging to discern what the right way of eating is for you. It's important to pay attention to what foods settle well in your body. And if you really want to thrive, use your intuition to make your food choices.
Yet, paying attention and using my intuition weren't the #1 factors in changing my relationship with food and turning my life around. They have helped tremendously. But, there is just one food "rule" that has truly changed my life...
When I eat, that's all I do. I eat.
As in, doing nothing else besides eating when I'm eating. Simple, right? Can taking the time to just eat really have that much of an impact? In a word, YES.
Most of us multitask when we eat. We:
- Watch TV
- Listen to music
- Play on the internet
- Read books or magazines
- Talk or think about stressful situations
I don't know about you, but I've spent a good portion of my life feeling stressed, squished for time, pressured to get things done, worried about how I would accomplish what was in front of me. Nothing seemed like enough no matter how well things were going. There was always more to do and never enough time to do it. Though it took me awhile to "get" that it was my choice to approach life in this way, it only took a millisecond to notice the difference when I chose otherwise.
When we eat, it is often out of being rushed, starving, knowing you should. Not only does that shape your experience of eating, it also inhibits digestion and absorption of the very nutrients that would give you energy, help you feel better, and enable you to more effectively manage your life.
I wanted to live differently. So, I started with eating differently.
Now, when I eat, I clear the space in front of me, where all I see is my food. I eat outside, near a window, or wherever I can sense fresh air. I breathe, deeply. I chew slowly. I savor. I look at my food and admire the tastes and textures and aromas. I think about what went into the presentation on the plate, the preparation beforehand, and where the food originated from farmwise (even if it's processed, it was whole and grew out of the earth at one point).
Now, when I live, I clear the space in front of me, where I can finally see my life and beyond it. I choose to be outside, near a window, or wherever I can sense fresh air. I breathe, deeply. I walk slowly. I savor. I look at my life and admire the tastes and textures and aromas. I think about what went into the presentation of my life, the preparation beforehand, and where my life originated from (even at times I feel broken, I came here whole and grew out of the support of the earth and so much more).
Do you see the difference in that kind of eating and living?
Choosing to just eat has given me a spaciousness around time and life that felt long forgotten, but oh so easily remembered. I feel more in control and ironically, less attached to having to be in control. I feel relaxed, open, trusting. I now allow both my food and life to nurture my continued growth, to nourish my soul as I shift and change.
If there is one food rule I could ask you to implement, it would be this. It will change your life.