MY HEALTH JOURNEY
*Please note I am not giving professional medical advice. Also, this may be a sensitive topic to some readers. *
As I continue on the discussion of ‘My Health Journey,’ a new section on my blog, this month I want to talk about ‘Mindful Eating.” This subject is so important to me because I have had to make some important changes to my daily meals. I am currently still on this journey because there are certain foods that have become harder to eat and digest. As I share my personal health journey I believed it will encourage others.
Here are more blogs on “My Health Journey” “Moments on the Edge”
Learning to eat differently can be very difficult. I have come to realize there are things we enjoy eating and may not be mindful to them at all. Whether it is a nice glass of milk with some hot chocolate chip cookies, to meatloaf with gravy, veggies and mashed potatoes or even a Sicilian slice of pizza; these things can actually hurt someone who has dietary sensitivities. That’s why I wanted to write about mindful eating.
You see, over the last few years, I begun to suffer terribly from gastro issues and I was not sure what the causes were. So before food became totally an enemy (lol); I knew I had to do something to find out what was going on with my body. Why was food hurting me so much? It was getting to the place that no matter what I ate, I felt so sick. After getting medical treatment and taking several tests, I found out I had specific things happening that would cause me to decide that I needed to make mindful dietary changes.
What I did next is something I would recommend for so many. I researched and saw there were important changes I needed to make to my diet. I also saw the importance of specific vitamins and minerals I was lacking. I made a food journal where I paid attention to how I felt without dairy, wheat and other specific foods. I informed myself on how to manage what was going on in my gut. This has taken so much discipline and extra work but has made an extreme positive difference.
As I said earlier, I continue to learn what foods impact me and what foods do not. Sometimes I have found that taking a break from specific foods and then slowly reintroducing them has been very beneficial as well. However there are some foods that I have realized that I cannot have at all any more. It is just too painful and makes me very sick. For me, this mindful eating has resulted in a healthier lifestyle and caused me to be aware of my body. My body was telling me to make some necessary changes.
I will continue this discussion on another blog. For now, let me hear your thoughts. Have you had to make mindful eating changes to your diet? If so, share your story. Food is not our enemy but it can feel that way, when you do not feel well. Creating better eating habits that affect your overall health is so worth it. I have experienced what “Mindful Eating,” can do on a such a positive level. You have to look at the dietary changes as necessary. It is not a diet but a necessary beneficial health lifestyle change. Now food becomes your source for health.
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36 thoughts on “MINDFUL EATING”
Great post! I think nutrition and paying attention to what and how we eat is one of the most important things we can do for our health. Thank you for sharing your experience!
Thank you for sharing your journey with us and choosing to be vulnerable.
A few years back, I had to cut out dairy, legumes, gluten and sour fruit for a couple of years. It was a tough journey that I was glad to have loved ones supporting me throughout.
/Great post! I had a similar experience with gluten and had to slowly reintroduce food to see what made me sick or not. x
Awesome post! I really need to start paying attention to what I am eating.
This is so great! I’ve been very mindful and intentional about eating as I strive for a clean diet that does not encourage inflammation in the gut which seems to be the root of many evils in the body. This post was so inspiring! 🙂
It’s hard when the food you love start to not agree with your body. Thank you for sharing your story and being so vulnerable. I can’t wait to read the next part
I really need to be better about this and paying attention. I know some foods affect me, but want to write it all down so I can really pinpoint them.
You are so right. Food is more than just a need or pleasure. It is what fills us up with nutrition, energy, good physical and mental condition. Being aware of the impact food has in a person’s life can turn out to a life changing experience.
Thank you for sharing. When I started my Fit Journey the first thing I learned was mindful eating. Great read!
I can totally relate to this. The last 2 years I had to do mindful eating as well. I had to decide what my body needs and can tolerate. Cutting back on some foods that made my stomach issues worse. Substituting particular food until finally decided to eliminate the food that aggravates my health condition.
I never looked back. I feel much healthier and so much better choosing the food lifestyle I am in for the past 2 years.
My loved ones supports me and my doctors are responsive to my healthcare adjustments.
I’m glad to hear that you made the change for yourself and your health. Thanks for sharing your story.
I started being aware of my diet a few years back after some health issues, really bad acne and eczema. I had to give them up the foods that I really enjoy, and it wasn’t the easiest. Great post!
TheQuietGirl | http://www.quietgirlblog.com
I definitely agree that paying attention can be so important. What we put in our bodies can impact us in so many ways. Great post on mindful eating!
So interesting. I am trying everyday to be better at mindful eating!
I had to change my eating habits as well and be more mindful of what I put into my body. Food is just not what it used to be with everything now overly processed, boxed for convenience, covered in pesticides, etc. Consuming more organic and whole foods will definitely help!
Such an awesome post, thanks for sharing! So inspirational. 🙂
Great post! I adore the mindset of mindful eating and nourishing your body with the right foods. Thanks for sharing x
Lynn | https://www.lynnmumbingmejia.com
How did it start? Do you know what triggered your problems? I hear left and right what horrendous effects conventional agriculture produces in humans. It is weird that all is good, and at dome point, it just goes terribly bad. I will be following this, and I wish you all the best!
Excellent explanation of mindful eating! May the Lord help us with having healthy eating habits 🙏
Thank you so much Josie for sharing your thoughts on my blog. Blessings 😊
Thank you for sharing this! I think nutrition and paying attention to what you eat is super important. Xo
Elle – ellegracedeveson.com
I’ve been through something similar. Thankfully when I was finding out I’m gluten intolerant, I was already vegan so a few allergens were already ruled out. Very hard to work around when you already have dietary requirements though x
Everyone eats but the healthy eating is more important, thanks for sharing the useful blog
Really great post! I think finding a balance for you and your daily eating is key. It can be hard work at times finding the foods which work for you but so worth it when you do! Thanks for sharing this post Xo
Elle – ellegracedeveson.com
I’ve made a habit of putting my utensils down between bites to slow my eating pace. It’s those little changes that make mindfulness sustainable.
I liked this post and can really relate to it. I was just diagnosed with being a Diabetic Type 2 about two months ago so my diet has tremendously changed. The foods that I used to love eating are now far and few between (especially sodas and pizza that go so well together). I was mindful of my eating yesterday when I used regular syrup on my pancakes and felt so hot later that I realize I can’t afford to do that again. Like you commented on earlier it takes time to adapt to a new type of eating.
This is a great post it can be hard trying to learn to eat differently. It takes a whole life shift.
Love this. All of it. Thank you for opening up, I really like the food journal idea!!
Great post! It’s not easy to open up about this topic…
We should all start noticing what food makes us feel good and what doesn’t.
So glad I read this, this is definitely relatable to me!
Great post! I feel that more people should practice this. I started my mindful eating journey a few years back and it has completely changed my health.
I’ve recently started practicing mindful eating; thank you for sharing your experience.
I am so glad to hear you too have had to begin mindful eating. It definitely can help and make a difference when we pay attention to the foods we are consuming and how they are impacting us. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts.
I loved reading this! I have been practicing mindful eating and it has made a world of a difference! Losing weight isn’t difficult anymore.
Thank you so much for taking a moment to read and share your thoughts. It is so important to remain mindful when eating and paying attention to how food is impacted you. It truly is an intentional act of our will.