How mindfulness can help you to get more pleasure from your food
A recent study just published by Brown University has found a strong link between a high level of everyday mindfulness and healthy blood glucose levels. ‘Everyday’ mindfulness means the degree to which a person tends to be mindfully aware of what’s going on around him/her rather than being lost in one’s thoughts.
The research, which studied 399 participants, did not establish a causal link between healthy blood sugar and mindfulness, just a correlation.
In other words, the scientists at this stage cannot say that mindfulness will bring your blood sugar under control — just that there is a clear relationship between the two.
Of course, I have a few ideas about why the link is so strong. First, if you are more mindful during mealtimes, you are less likely to overeat.
You will be more likely to actually taste your food, satiate yourself, and therefore stop eating when you have had enough.
Do you want to cook like a five star chef, but don’t have the time or energy at the end of the day to be either a Domestic Goddess or a Naked Chef? In my experience, a fantastic way to get far more pleasure out of your home dining is simply to eat it mindfully, savouring each bite. Put your fork down in between bites and slow down.
Another reason why people who meditate are more likely to be at a lower risk for Diabetes Type 2 is that mindfulness promotes emotional wellbeing.
We all know that comfort eating is a major cause of obesity. I’ve recorded an mp3 which will teach you how to deal with negative emotions in a positive way that doesn’t involve chocolate!
Finally, Brown University researchers suggest that mindfulness practitioners may simply have more control of their lives.
We all know that in today’s busy world you can feel like flotsam and jetsam, pushed around in life’s currents. But people who get in the habit of being out of control tend to become overwhelmed.
Mindfulness is your ticket to take charge of your life and experience the calm and peace that this mental attitude can bring you. I invite you to start.
- Joseph Pond is a clinical hypnotherapist, an acupuncturist, and a mindfulness instructor. He is co-founder of Hypnosis Explorers NI and conducts workshops in hypnosis with PowerTrance. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or at https://www.facebook.com/Belfast Hypnosis/?ref=hl/?ref=hl