Today I was listening to a play back of the weekend edition of Woman’s Hour on Radio 4. There was a feature about veganism so my ears immediately pricked up, I am a fish eating vegan.
There were all sorts of views being put forward by listeners about different diets. From old fashioned farmers saying meat was necessary for a healthy balanced diet, to die hard vegans who hadn’t touched a dairy product for the last 30 years and felt great.
Because the views aired were those of people who had bothered to contact the Radio Station they were strong views about what was best. It got me thinking about how my views have changed on food and how that has tied in perfectly with me entering into mindfulness.
I changed to a vegan diet for health reasons, I was diagnosed with MS and it was a way to overcome the disease. For the 30 years before this happened I had happily eaten meat and not worried about it. The MS recovery programme also required me to meditate so the two entered into my life at the same time.
So all of a sudden I had to think a lot more about what I ate. One of the biggest changes on my diet was cooking without fat. To start with it seemed impossible to think that I was going to be able to make anything! With a bit of thought I can make all sorts now, even chips! It is all about experimenting, trying new techniques and new ingredients.
So strangely, having cut so many things out of my diet, I now eat a far more diverse range of foods. I also enjoy my food a lot more now. Mindfulness has helped me on my journey. It has helped me to let craving for things that I can not longer have pass. It has helped me to accept the changes that were necessary and it has really helped me to appreciate everything I do eat.
Rather than making rushed decisions about what to eat I now focus on making sure everything I eat is helping by body to heal. Rather than just tasting the first mouthful and the last mouthful I savour the flavour and the texture throughout. Rather than rushing through every meal I take time to enjoy it.
Mindfulness really can help you to do amazing things with your diet. Make your first step and come on a Revitalise day. The food is gorgeous and the atmosphere perfect for relaxing and enjoying every moment and every mouthful.