Aug 9

Has adding a mindfulness practice to your life changed your relationship with food?

Here’s what I noticed when I did this….

🌱Plants started talking to me … and I decided to stop eating meat.

🥦I started loving my time at the farmer’s market and eating seasonally.

🎨I had more “energy” or bandwidth to think about how to nourish myself.

🧬I began to deeply enjoy the rhythms and patterns of nature that are found in plants.

A dutch study of 65 people who wanted to shift their eating habits was randomized into two groups (Janssen, 2018).

⌛️Group 1 received 8 weeks of mindfulness training that offered the following:
🌟 Participants performed formal mindfulness practices (i.e. body scan, sitting meditation, walking meditation, and mindful movement) as developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn as well as mindful eating exercises. The sessions focused on themes, such as: the automatic pilot, perception of hunger and other internal states, creating awareness for boundaries in eating behavior, stress-related eating, coping with stress, coping with (negative) thoughts, self-compassion, and how to incorporate mindfulness in daily life. Towards the end of the program, participants had a silent day (sounds pretty amazing!!)

⏳Group 2 received Educational Cooking classes to increase awareness about healthy cooking options (what we are taught to do in medical training)

At the end of the study, individuals who were in the mindfulness group had higher numbers of “reversal learning” (improved impulse control), and the more time individuals invested in the mindfulness training, the more pronounced the impact.

The authors observed that “mindfulness might also contribute to successful weight maintenance by acting on different mechanisms than behavioral flexibility. For example, stress reduction2 and increased self-compassion (being compassionate with oneself) are important aspects of mindfulness-based intervention programs and have been associated with the successful behavioral change in health contexts.”

⚙️Interesting to consider how adding mindfulness may provide more clarity and insight, and awareness of how to modulate impulsive actions around food. Reference in comments.

Janssen LK, Duif I, van Loon I, et al. Greater mindful eating practice is associated with better reversal learning. Sci Rep. 2018;8(1):5702. Published 2018 Apr 9. doi:10.1038/s41598-018-24001-1

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May your time with the plants be nourishing!

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