Updated: Jun 26, 2021
Nutrition Principle #6 - Slow, Mindful Eating
One last principle that I believe is SO simple, but not necessarily easy is "Slow, Mindful Eating." I believe this principle is the most important one and can be life-changing if you do it rightly.
Here is my last Nutritional Blogpost! I have spent a good bit of time these past 2 months pouring into these blogposts the nutritional principles that I believe are important to figure out and get these right:
Each person benefits greatly to figure out "their personal formulas" for water, protein, produce, and carbs/fats ratios. Then, I believe that eating the vast majority of the time (remember--significantly more than 51%) based on "your personal formula" will bring great health while leaving room for flexibility, life celebrations, and a healthy lifestyle, free from obsessing!
These foundational principles are likely things you have heard before because there is nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9). BUT, I truly hope and pray that as you read through the principles you dropped the pin on some very important areas that truly affect your health, affect your fat loss, affect your weigh loss, and affect your body composition. Even more importantly, the principles I shared affect your hormones, how you feel, the energy levels you have, and your deep, lasting health. Read through the "WHY's" again in those blogposts to get an understanding on "why" it is SO great to eat and drink healthy!
The last principle I believe is important is Slow, Mindful Eating. I believe this principle is the most important one and can be life-changing if you do it rightly. It is simple, yes, but it is not necessarily easy.
Slow, Mindful Eating is exactly what it sounds like: it is slowing down and thinking about what you are eating, your hunger cues, satiation, and "just being aware."
WHY? and HOW?
Why? Life is busy, and we live life so quickly, we hardly know what we are doing.
How? Slow down, take a deep breath, and think about what we are eating.
Life is busy, our cultures are generally rushed and working hard to get things done and get them done quickly. Often when we are storming through, we get perfunctory and just do things. We forget why we are doing them, and if what we are doing is a hard thing or a new thing (healthy eating for example), when we start forgetting why we are doing it, we will stop wanting to do it. When it gets hard or uncomfortable (or not as yummy), we will just not like it and be done. It may even become drudgery or detestable (strong words, I know, but it has likely happened to you before). So, slow down. Think. Remember your why. Listen to your body's cues, especially the hunger and satiation cues.
Why? God wants to be preeminent in all areas of our life. As believers walking in obedience to the Lord, we should obey Him also in how we eat and fuel the body He has made!
How? Slow down, pray about what we eat, and pray before we eat.
The Lord longs to be preeminent in all areas of our lives--including the physical areas of fitness and nutrition (Colossians 1:18). I am passionate about seeking to make God preeminent in all areas of my life, and I want to encourage you to do the same. One of the ways we make God preeminent in our nutrition is to pray about what we are eating. We must give Him Lordship in this area. If we truly can say that we are eating for the glory of God, we will do well. Pray before we eat.
Slow down and pray and ask the Lord, "Thank you Lord for this body, and thank you for good food and provision. Would you, Lord, the Creator and Sustainer of my life and body, help me to know and understand my hunger cues? Would you help me to have self-discipline, a fruit of the Holy Spirit? Would you please show me ways I am eating that are not best and show me ways that are better?" Pray Psalm 139:23-24, "Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!"
Do not withhold His Lordship in this area or hold on tightly to this physical area of nutrition/what we eat keeping it to be selfish, prideful, and full of self-indulging ways. So, slowing down, being mindful (thinking about), and praying before we eat will help us make better choices, be aware of our true hunger, and eat in a way that is obedient to Christ.
DON'T worry too much about HOW...just slow down, think, and pray!
Now, please make sure you do not hear me saying this, "if you just slow down and think and pray, all the things will all workout right." I am NOT making that promise! It is imperative that as you get mindful and slow you also drop the pin and learn so that your mind is thinking rightly about food! So, if you haven't taken the time to learn about those other 5 principles, do take that time and learn.
I have given you some good formulas, tools, and links in those posts to help you figure those things out. There is a time