Even when you’re over your head in commitment and you’re choosing up a storm, there is room for introspection. The following questions are more for the person that is already committed to their healthy eating and getting the most out of each bite. They can also be used as a place to start down the road of learning the why and how of your inner self and appetite.
1. Is this the absolutely best nutritional choice available to me at this moment?
Sometimes we forget to plan ahead but that doesn’t mean we have planned to fail. We have found that if you are feeding your body properly it is often acceptable to delay a meal until you have a better or best option. Sometimes it’s even ok to skip a meal when nothing available is up to the standard of nutrition that you are committed to. We’ve also found that if you are willing to get creative there is usually something available to eat that will fit your commitment and goals.
2. Am I hungry.
This may seem obvious but for a lot it’s not. Sometimes we start down the road of routine and forget that we are fueling a body not feeding a machine. If you’re not hungry there’s no urgency to stuff your face with whatever is available when you could just wait until you are hungry and eat something that will nourish your body.
3. Am I having emotions?
Even if you’re hungry and the food available is inside of your nutritional commitment it may often help to know if you are also harboring emotions or feelings that could attach themselves to meaning and settle into your eating routine. If you are having emotions, acknowledge and let them move on. Don’t invite them to sit down and dine with you.
4. Where will I sit?
Please, please be present when you are eating. Put your phone down, get comfortable at a table and use the proper eating implements. Give your brain every opportunity to register that eating is an event that is taking place and that you are chewing and swallowing and it is time to engage in nutrient extraction. Being mindful of your eating and food enables you to really get present to what is happening. You are feeding your body the best possible nutrients available and by making it important enough to be mindful you are showing yourself equal respect and love.
5. Is this going to be an experience or just food?
Sometimes we have foods that are like an event all to themselves. The selection of the ingredients. The sniffing of the product as we choose the ripeness and life of each nutritious plant. Then, there’s the prep, chopping, tossing, mixing, seasoning and of course, eating. Before you eat though, you should know what to expect from the experience. Are you just grabbing leftovers and eating them for sustenance or are you creating a new recipe with grandeur and flourish. Expectations can lead many directions but being aware of them is key to the destination.