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RACHAEL’S TIPS TO MINDFUL EATING

Mindful Eating
Mindfulness refers to the practice of being aware and in the moment. Mindful eating is an eating technique that can help you gain control over your eating habits. Below are a few things I do before and in between meals to help me stay in tune with my body:
CHEW CHEW CHEW!
While I eat, I chew a lot as well as put my fork down between meals! This gives my body time to efficiently digest the food and absorb vital nutrients. Chewing food at this meal will in fact have an impact on how you choose your next meal!
    CONSCIOUS BREATHING
    I make an effort to simply take deep belly breaths regularly, especially before I sit down for a meal. This can include box breathing, alternate nostril breathing or lions breath!
    HYDRATION
    I drink filtered water in between meals and aim for about 2L each day, depending on my activity levels. This keeps my organs & body functioning efficiently and helps to prevent unnecessary cravings or hunger cues.
    MEDITATION
    I aim to sit twice a day, 20mins each session. I practice Vedic meditation where I repeat a mantra softly until I forget it. This has probably been the most transformative element to my health journey to date. Not only do I feel more calm in chaotic situations, but I am certainly more connected to my body & know when I need to either pull back or push further.
    DAILY MOVEMENT
    Move your body daily in ways that you love and your body will thank you for it. A 10min walk around the block is better than nothing at all.