Zen and the Art of The Mindful Diet
Summer may be a long way off, but the image you have of your body is not a seasonal topic. It is with you every day of the year. Beneath those baggy sweaters and heavy coats in winter, it effects how you feel about yourself, how you treat yourself, and how you view the world that you live in.
You do not have to flash on the beach, for your body to show. It is visible in how you feel every day of every year. More important, those around you feel it in how you treat them and in your attitude. After all, having a great body is not about fitting into a double zero. It’s about being happy in who you are. It’s about fitting into the body you already have perfectly. So forget the extreme diets, forget the bathing suit and the stretchy yoga pants. It’s time to find grace in the beauty that is you.
The Simple Truth to the Mindful Diet is that there should be no restrictions to living your life. After all, living life isn’t about fitting into the right outfit, it’s about creating great memories wherever you are. This is why your diet should not be about losing, but winning. Winning balance, winning calm, winning happiness without carrying around the weight that so many people can throw on you. Because that is what you carry around, not just pounds, but guilt, fear, and self-loathing. It sounds funny, but when you change your relationship with the food you eat, you don’t gain weight, you shed the angst of your old life as you gain health. And yes, that is very, very visible.
The Mindful Diet is a program created by the Modern American Monk, Jeff Cannon. Jeff is a leading voice in the Modern Meditation Movement who has dedicated his life to applying meditative techniques to resolve the contemporary issues we all face in the modern world.
Jeff survived eight brain surgeries that collectively removed more than twenty tumors in as many years. With each surgery he refined his own diet in an effort to slow down new tumor growth. Along the way, he removed carbohydrates and processed foods. He incorporated caloric restrictions. He also applied Modern Meditation to reduce his stress. The results was not only slowed tumor growth, but a healthier, happier and lighter self. He became more aware of who he was in the world around him. As that happened, he became more confident and more secure. And that is something everyone around him noticed.
The simple practice of mindfulness that he lives his life around today changed his relationship with food and eating on every level. For Jeff, it left him with just 15% body fat. He still enjoys food and an occasional cocktail when the event calls for it. Now, he just does so mindfully – and that makes all the difference.
The Mindful Diet is his gift to you. It will help you live a richer, fuller life while helping you maintain a healthy balance in everything you do. While you will lose weight along the way, the real benefit is to leave you feeling great in a natural, healthy and mindful way.
The Mindful Diet is not about counting individual calories. It avoids the starvation/sweat mentality so many people rely on. Instead it is about slowing down and enjoying life every minute of every day by simply being present wherever you are. Some people have called the Mindful Diet the “un-diet,” because it does not matter if you were born strikingly slender or with rich beautiful curves. What matters is that you breathe in a positive body image and breathe out the toxins that hold you back. When you learn to do that, you learn to transform your body and your life for the better.
Why not start your own Mindful Diet with these helpful tips that will reduce your stress from your vacation and fill you with joy for years to come:
Mind Before You Eat
Food is sometimes more a habit than a necessity. We eat what we are comfortable with rather than what we really want. So slow down before you dig in. Stop and take three slow, deep breaths. With each breath in, feel your body slow down. Be comfortable with where you are and ask yourself what it is that you really want. It will help you get rid of the stress that social occasions often create and help you take the emotions out of your meal. The result is a calmer meal that you can fully without all the stress-laden extras.
Use All of Your Senses
Stop just eating and start enjoying. Take the time to see and smell and yes even hear your food. Don’t take a bite until you have run through all five senses and are aware of the full experience that is your meal. You will learn to appreciate your food on a whole different level. With all that joy flooding into your body, you will also eat less.
Slow Down & Enjoy
When your social calendar comes calling, it’s easy to rush into everything you find. It is easy to forget what you are eating and drinking as you try to fit it all in. Use your meals as a chance to slow down. The next time you feel yourself rushing through a meal, stop, breathe and give yourself thirty seconds to come up with a good answer as to why you are craving what you are craving. It will teach you to be mindful of your meal and to enjoy it a whole lot more.
Love Your Body
Don’t just accept your body. Don’t just appreciate your body. LOVE YOUR BODY! Love your curves and your freckles. Love your hips and your stomach. No matter what shape you were born with, LOVE IT! OWN IT!
Sure, you can lose a little here or there. You can add some muscle tone and get in better shape. You can even nip and tuck, if you want to go there – we all can. But before you do that, the next time you feel self conscious, take out two minutes to stand in a Superman pose – feet spread wide, hands on hips, chin up and shoulders back and smile.
Feel the self confidence rise up in you. Feel your adrenaline rise and your cortisol drop – which means you will feel more confident and powerful no matter what you’re wearing. And that helps you make the right choices whether you’re in a clam shack or the juice bar of some spa.
Learn to enjoy your meals mindfully and live life fully. After all, this is your life. It’s time to life it YOUR way!
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