I did not understand how mindfulness can change our relationship with food. And then I started a practice myself. All in all, here is what I noticed once I started doing 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 explored 65 people who wanted to shift their eating habits. They were randomized into two groups (Janssen, 2018).
⌛️Group 1 received 8 weeks of mindfulness training that offered the following:
🌟 Participants performed formal mindfulness practices as developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn. The practices included body scan, sitting meditation, walking meditation, and mindful movement. They were also provided mindful eating exercises. The sessions focused on themes such as the following:
Towards the end of the program, participants had a silent day.
⏳Group 2 received Educational Cooking classes to increase awareness about healthy cooking options without any of the other interventions.
At the end of the study, individuals who were in the mindfulness group had higher numbers of “reversal learning” (improved impulse control). Not surprisingly, the more time individuals invested in 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 reduction and increased self-compassion are important aspects of mindfulness-based intervention programs.
Mindfulness may provide more clarity, insight, and awareness on how to eat healthy.
Based on this and my experiences, adding mindfulness is remarkably valuable to support healthy eating habits.
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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