Eating mindfully could change your body for the better
Mindful eating is simply paying attention to what you eat. It is the opposite of eating mindlessly, which is putting food into your mouth almost unconsciously, not really tasting the food you’re eating and we’re all guilty of this, especially after a run.
Whether you're planning to go for a short jog with a new buddy or training for a race with a long term running partner, how and what you eat beforehand will not only impact how you are feeling but it could impact the performance of your run too. A healthy diet for sport players and joggers should contain a mix of starchy foods, fruit and veg, lots of protein and some dairy foods or appropriate supplements. However, all of this needs to be had in moderation, too much of anything will impact your performance and your body in a negative way – despite the amount of exercise you may be doing. Sometimes we consume the wrong foods because we think that’s what we want and sometimes it’s simply because we aren’t paying attention, and this is where mindful eating comes into play. The phrase ‘mindful eating’ can be off-putting to some because of its immediate association with Buddhism and ‘zen’ lifestyles but here at Jogging Buddy, we’re going to give you a practical overview. Mindful eating is simply paying attention to what you eat. It is the opposite of eating mindlessly, which is putting food into your mouth almost unconsciously, not really tasting the food you’re eating and we’re all guilty of this, especially after a run. Eating mindfully means you notice your thoughts, feelings, and sensations during the process of eating. During mindful eating you will learn to pay close attention to these things: • Why do you feel like eating? Are you powered by hunger or another emotion? • What are you actually eating and is it appropriate for your body? • The taste and feel of your food, you’ll really feely the textures. • Your feelings while you’re eating, what are your emotions as you eat? • How full you are becoming, or maybe how full you were when you started? • The origins of the food tend to come to mind when you’re eating mindfully, is it processed, organic? Is it animal or vegetable and does it taste like it’s supposed to? Mindful eating is a form of meditation and don’t worry if you don’t get it straight away, it takes a while. So, you might be thinking – how will this impact my exercise? Why are you talking about this on joggingbuddy.com? Well, there are several benefits of mindful eating but the most important is that it makes you think more about your food. This can lead to you not over eating and feeling bloated when you’re running or under eating and feeling out of energy. While the key benefit of mindful eating is that you’ll put less bad stuff in your body, that is achieved through lots of other benefits, here are a few of our favourites: • After constant practice, you will start to figure out that fatty or processed foods don’t taste as good as you once thought • If you have eccess weight then mindful eating will mean you start losing it • You will start to sort through any emotional connections you may have to food • You won’t just enjoy eating more, you will enjoy life more! Being more present in a situation helps to generate these feelings of positivity. • If food affects your mood and energy then you will begin to understand how • The food that fuels your exercise or jogging in the best way will become more obvious, and therefore you will know when is the right time to consume these types of foods. There are more benefits to mindful eating then the ones we’ve listed but these were just some of our favourites. Some runners prefer to eat before they start and some prefer afterwards, but with mindful eating – you’ll be able to figure out which is best for you. What makes you feel the best possible version of yourself before, during and after jogging? Mindful eating will help you understand. If you found this guide helpful, make sure to share it with your jogging buddy!