Mindful EatingFeb 17, 2021
Here at BEAM ACADEMY, we like to take care of our bodies both inside and out. Nothing optimises our functional health more than a nutritional diet packed with vitamins and minerals.
What are vitamins?
Vitamins are organic compounds found in natural sources such as animals and plants. As our internal production of vitamins is limited, it is essential we obtain them from a healthy, balanced diet.
Why do we need vitamins?
Without an adequate amount of vitamins, our bodies will fail to perform vital day-to-day tasks such as converting food into energy or growing and maintaining healthy muscle, bone, skin and hair. Believe it or not, your gut is connected to the brain! Vitamins play a key role in your gut-brain communication system and without them, the system can malfunction. This can cause problems such as low immunity, organ failure and poor mental health.
What are minerals?
Minerals are inorganic substances derived from rocks, soil or water. Again, these are not something our bodies naturally produce, so we must ensure we acquire our essential minerals through a mindful diet.
Why do we need minerals?
Minerals, are typically divided into two groups: Major and Minor (also known as trace elements). Major minerals are those we need 100mg or more of everyday and Minor minerals are those we need less than 100mg of every day. Similarly to vitamins, minerals have many functions and are essential for healthy bones, muscles, blood, tissues and organs. They are a prime candidate for a healthy, functioning immune system and also play their part in gut-brain communication.
Mindful eating is about reaching a state of full attention whilst approaching food. It focuses on an individuals’ sensual awareness of food and their experience whilst eating. Here are some tips on how to eat mindfully:
- Listening to physical hunger cues
- Understanding the difference between wants and needs eating without distraction
- Pre-preparing nutritious meals
- Enjoying your food (not feeling guilty!)
- Noticing the effects your food has on your mood
- Being conscious of the texture of your food
- Feeling the temperature of your food
- Acknowledging the colours of your food
- Recognising the aromas of your food
- Bringing awareness to each individual flavour
Try a mindful eating experience with this delicious recipe
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