A Week of Mindful Eating

Friday, February 11, 2011

I'm in a women's health issues class here at BYU and I must say that I absolutely LOVE it! It is so interesting to learn about the health threats to women and how women are viewed in the world today. For this class we have to do 5 activities outside of class that make us more aware of women's health, so I am doing a challenge through the Women's Resource Center here on campus called "A Week of Mindful Eating." Each day focuses on different aspects of what it means and how to become a mindful eater. I am excited to see what I learn from this experience!

I just want to say that I know that I am a daughter of a loving Father in heaven and each and every daughter of his (every woman ever upon the face of this earth) has a special place in His heart. I love knowing that I have a personal relationship with Him and that He is always there for me to talk to and help me through my hard times. 

One of my favorite scriptures about women is in the New Testament.

Proverbs 31:10
"Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies."

Heavenly Father desires that His daughters are virtuous and loving. He made us with the desire to be that way and provides us with the way to live a virtuous and lovely life. What a blessing!

February 7, 2011 - Day 1: What type of eater am I?

After taking the quiz and reading about different types of eaters there are I would have to say I'm a mix of a few of them. I am:

-Intuitive/Mindful: I honor hunger, respect fullness, and enjoy the pleasure of eating.

-The Waste-not Unconscious: Whenever I go out to eat I don't like to waste my food so I usually eat WAY past being full.
-The Chaotic Unconscious: My life gets pretty chaotic and there are times where I don't sit down to have a meal. I grab something unhealthy on the go or sometimes nothing at all. No bueno.

-The Unconscious: I may not be hungry but those cookies or cupcakes or whatever yummy thing that's up for grabs just HAS to be eaten! 

-The Emotional Unconscious: I love to indulge in ice cream (preferably Blue Bell), chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes of any sort and other sweets whenever I have had a hard day.I tend to eat my feelings A LOT.

I have many strengths and many weaknesses when it comes to my eating habits. I would like to keep on eating when I am hungry and recognizing when I am full like I do now, but I would like to be able to not give into the tempting sweets when I am already overly stuffed or just because they are up for grabs. 

February 8, 2011 - Day 2: Spiritual Rewards for Eating Healthy

In Section 89 of the Doctrine & Covenants verses 18-21 we are promised that we will "find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures;" and we "shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint." And the Lord also gives us a promise that "the destroying angel shall pass by...and not slay them." We are also told that we "shall receive health in their navel and marrow to our bones. Why would someone not want these things?! I know I do!

Every human being has a spirit within them. We are all spirit sons and daughters of God. When we take care of the physical body that God has blessed us with by choosing to come to earth, we also nourish our spirits. This affects our ability to feel of the Spirit of the Lord more fully making us healthier, happier, lovelier people. Again, why would someone not want these things?! I sure do!

February 9, 2011 - Day 3: Eat what I want!  No restrictions.

Okay...so this was not something I thought would be a part of this week, but I'm not gonna complain! There is definitely good wisdom in it when you really think about it though. 

"Many of us fall victim to labeling foods as healthy or unhealthy. Perhaps we see how many calories or grams of fat are in particular food and think, "I will never eat that again!" It is a true misfortune to restrict foods, because the truth is, there are no bad foods. All foods can be included in any diet in moderation. The secret to healthy eating is making wise judgments of how often and how much."

I couldn't agree with this quote more! I never though of it in this way, and I have to admit there are many foods that I label as "unhealthy" but I still love to eat them, which leaves me feeling yucky and guilty after I indulge in them. I just need to learn that it is okay to eat them I just need to make sure I'm not eating too much of whatever it is and that I'm not eating it all the time. Sounds like a good plan to me! 

I usually tend to overeat warm chocolate chip cookies and pizza. They're 2 of my most favorite things. Chocolate chip cookies seem to taste the best when they're fresh outta the oven with a nice cold glass of milk (I blame that on my dad) and pizza seems to taste the best freshly purchased from wherever I decide to buy it from (Domino's or The Store in Midway are my favorites). I try to restrict myself from eating these because I know they're not the best for me, so when I do get the chance to eat them I eat too much of them, which is no bueno. Allowing myself to eat these foods in moderation will help me enjoy my food without feeling guilty as long as I don't overdo it. 

February 10, 2011 - Day 4: Eat 3 real meals.

"Eating food becomes a real meal when you focus on the eating experience rather than merely refueling your body with quick, on-the-go calories, a real meal is eaten without distractions while sitting down, planned in advance, and generally involves more than one food group."

This is definitely something that is a big challenge for me. I usually wake up late and grab something quick for breakfast, pack a sandwich for lunch, and go out to eat or make somethin quick and easy for supper once I get home. When you live the life of a busy girl who is trying to balance school, work, wedding plans and just the demands of life in general it's hard to sit down and eat a real meal! 

I have noticed that when I do get to eat 3 real meals I am satisfied for longer amounts of time and I don't get the "munchies" as often, which is definitely a lot healthier. I used to be really bad at snacking all the time, even when I wasn't hungry. I've become better and I don't buy unhealthy snacking foods so that when I do want a snack all I have to choose from is a piece of fruit or vegetables. 

February 11, 2011 - Day 5: Nurture your needs without using food.

We all go through the ups and downs of life and turn to food for consolation - or at least I know I do! This is something that is not good. I need to find other ways to destress or celebrate. I know that going for a run is always a good way to destress and something I need to get in the habit of doing anyways, so maybe that's what I'll do! 

I am so glad that I had the chance to take this week to analyze my eating strengths and weaknesses, and how to improve in the areas I need to and also how to pat myself on the back for the good things I am doing. 


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