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How Do I Kick Up My Metabolism?

These Mindful Eating Tips Might Support Healthy Living in Recovery

Mealtime arrives and that sinking feeling hits your gut. What to make that is healthy, but quick and easy at the same time. Sometimes it is not just about quick and easy, it is also about being mindful what you put in your body and how you eat. Eating too fast does not help digestion but not enough food doesn’t give you the fuel you need. Here are some mindful eating tips to help support you in recovery.

Mealtime Challenges

Even if you love cooking, sometimes it is hard to find something you will love, much less anyone else. If you are just cooking for you, that is easier. If there are kids, family, and others involved then it may be harder to make healthy food everyone can enjoy. You still need to eat healthy for you, so it helps to think about what you are going to make ahead of time. Some regular challenges people encounter:

  • Not planning ahead
  • Not having enough food to prepare meals
  • Feeling anxious and stressed about how to eat healthy
  • Feeling rushed or pressed for time

Mindful Eating

One of the ways to get past the challenge of feeling those issues rise up around mealtimes includes more mindful eating habits. Mindful eating habits are about focusing on what you need to do in the moment to be present at the meal. Lots of people dive into their food without thinking about what they eat and why, which can feel stressful. Not only that but you may be snacking or eating unhealthy foods without realizing it. Mindful eating teaches you how to slow down, savor it, and have an experience, not just a meal. Some principles of mindful eating:

  • Focus on how you eat, not what you eat
  • Put healthy things on the plate but don’t deprive yourself
  • Change your attitude and practices around the table
  • Set a ritual for eating such as set meal times
  • Focus on one part of the meal and notice it with your five senses (sight, sound, smell, taste, and texture)
  • Share observations with others around the table
  • Explore shared mealtimes if you live with other people, or find community to share meals with on a regular basis
  • Turn off electronics
  • Shop for groceries at local farmers markets and places where people can tell you where food came from

The more you connect to the food you eat, the healthier you will feel in recovery. Eating healthy is good but eating more mindfully adds another layer to eating altogether that builds consciousness and awareness of gratitude for having food to eat.

Demonstrating gratitude is a worthwhile experience. If you are struggling to move past addiction, try some gratitude on for size. Be mindful and grateful for the food you have to eat and the experience of exploring food choices. We will help you understand nutrition in recovery with our specially designed programs and staff trained to help you eat better. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401