I recently gave a Mindful Eating workshop and wanted to share some of the main highlights for those that couldn't make it! I am also sharing the yummy Kombucha Sangria that I made for the event. Hope to see you at the next one!
We are always being told what we should be eating, but how does that help if we still have a poor understanding of the how/why?
Mindful eating is the practice of making conscious food choices in response to physical and physiological hunger and satiety cues. A simplified definition is learning and listening to your body telling you when it is hungry and when it is full. This can be really challenging, especially when there are emotional responses to food both good and bad. That's where the mindful eating cycle comes in handy.
While completing my dietetic internship, I took a functional foods class. This class was the sole reason for why I love the idea of food being able to help heal the damage that has happened within our bodies. I learned so much in that class and it has shaped most of my philosophies on food today. The term functional foods refers to going above and beyond basic nutrition (if you want to read my article 'Basics of Functional Foods' click here). Within certain foods there are phytochemicals, which could be argued are the most important part. These molecules go beyond providing nutrients to our bodies, and help actively reverse disease or aid in preventing damage or diseases to form. The first phytochemical I want to talk about is one of my absolute favorites - turmeric.