I know that there’s so much competing food and nutrition information out there it’s hard know what to do. Whether you're a steak-loving Paleo, a raw foods vegan, a flexitarian, or undecided, you can take a deep breath and relax.
Here are five core principles that will help you to improve your health, weight, mood and digestion regardless of what you eat. (Well, within reason!)
1. Choose your foods mindfully.
Mindfulness is an awareness about the decisions we make in the moment, and a commitment to make those decisions based on our highest level of inner wisdom. When we pay attention to whether or not our choices are in harmony with our desire to feel well, and then we decide to act consistently, we are practicing mindfulness.
So, for example, realizing that the seemingly yummy muffin you're about to purchase on your way to work is going to leave you feeling exhausted in an hour, and that you want it because you're anxious about the meeting with your boss at 10:30, you might choose to have something more grounding instead — for example, a hardboiled egg and a fresh vegetable juice, which will keep you energized and on your best game.
2. Eat slowly. Aim to take 30 minutes per meal.
Most of us rush through most of our meals. Slowing down while you eat has many benefits: