We all know how easy it is to pull the “starting Monday I shall” or “on the first of the month I will…” & yet we’re all painfully aware (in our hearts. where it counts.) this whole journey of life is really about starting right.this.moment.
No matter the day or the date or, really, the TIME of day.
And, in my opinion, no matter the goal.
but I digress as this post is *not* about me & my under-the-bed languishing picture book.*
It’s about you. It’s about YOUR questions.
After my mindful eating post I was deluged with emails, tweets, private messages which all basically asked the same thing
and highlighted the post’s shortcoming. oops:
Great idea. Nice tips. ZERO HELP in actually getting started. How do I go from complete mindLESS eating *today* toward mindFUL eating? Where on earth do I begin?
And yet, because Im ever the honest, aging, memory fading misfit, Im compelled to share with you I drew a blank with regards to where in the world I’d started.
I only hazily recall waking one morning sick and tired of (feeling sick and tired and) looking like this:
& I vaguely recall deciding to change my habits & eventually ending up (FEELING WORLDS BETTER and) like this:
As a result I give you an acronym (good gosh I love me some acronyms) created after the fact—but with hindsight what I now see I did.
What I still do today although now mainly for my family.
Six M.I.Z.F.I.T. Steps to Clean Eating**.
Mini-meals. For me spreading calories through out the day just works! None of my meals are bigger than any other ( I do often eat more at breakfast out of hunger. Intuitively.) Beyond the fact I think this helps me stay lean—-it definitely helps my blood sugar levels stay even, I have far more energy, & Im overall
less bitchy more cheerful.
Intuitive eating. I know we’ve talked a lot about this here as of late–but it bears repeating. Start this one today. Slowly. Listen to what your body is saying. Pay attention to how you feel after eating certain foods. JOURNAL. For me this isnt journaling *caloric intake* but feelings. What worked for me in the beginning was *not* CHANGING any of my foods but logging my body’s reaction to them. Everything from satiety to sensations.
Zero HARD & FAST RULES. Again, this is just what has always work for me. Im a rebel. Make a rule that I can not have or do something & it is immediately the ONLY THING I THINK ABOUT. NO MORE MUSTURBATION. Period. (crap. wait. did I just make that a rule?! you know what I mean….)
Fiber, Fiber, Fiber. At this point I think we all know why (need more info? still unclear? desire a list of fibery foodstuffs? please to let me know in the comments.)—be sure you both KNOW and are acting on it. ‘Nuff said.
Invest in YOU. Ive chosen to spend money on quality foods & less money on (quality) clothing. I love me some sushi grade tuna. Im happy with clothing from Goodwill-type places. For some this may be investing in a personal trainer or gym membership. I have many non-wealthy friends who invested in cooking lessons in their homes so they could learn a handful of easy healthy meals. Remember, even if some of these seem not to be about eating (trainer) they’re 100% about helping you live more fully IN your body. A crucial step to mindful eating.
Tried & trues. Always have a few meals which you know you enjoy, are healthy, & are easily prepared in your arsenal. I tend to have T & T’s prepared and waiting in the fridge for days Im too tired to cook. Others prefer to always have ingredients on hand. Whatever *you* decide these T & T’s help set us up for food-success. Sure down the proverbial road we may become so in tune with our body’s wants & needs NOTHING could keep us from healthy food preparation—-but until then it always helps to set ourselves up for success.
And that’s it.
What I did starting out and what I do today.***
What one tip would you tell our myriad emailers who ask:
What can do, starting today, to clean up/change my eating habits?
*unless you want it to be in which case grab a snack, pull up a chair and come sit a while…
**INDEED 100% intuitive eating is our ultimate goal. As a stepping stone to hearing what our bodies are saying to us Im a believer in ‘clean eating by choice.’
***yada yada yada DIZCLAIMER HERE. This is what worked for me. please to find what works best for you through old fashioned trial & error.