When we were on holiday in Vietnam during August I was delighted to discover the amazing healthy food on offer. In this country I find it almost impossible to eat out because every thing is cooked with fat and it is really difficult to find a ‘clean’ meal. Because I have MS I am not willing to eat anything that goes against my recovery diet. As a nation we seem so used to frying everything, using fat and oil and smothering everything in sauces that asking for steamed food seems like a ‘way out’ request.
In Vietnam Noah and I were able to order steamed rice, vegetables and fish or seafood very easily and there was always a great choice of fresh fruit for snacks or pudding. It really was perfect for us.
One day we were out on a bike ride and we found a restaurant called ‘Baby Mustard’ hidden away down a country lane. We stopped for dinner and it was the most amazing experience. My taste buds did not stop tingling for the next 24 hours! The restaurant backed onto the vegetable plot owned by the restaurant and they used so many gorgeous herbs and leafs in their dishes. Steamed prawns here were a whole new experience, they came wrapped in a bundle of herbs. Each time I ate one it took my full attention because the flavours were so intense. It really was a mindful eating experience and I am sure I will remember that meal for a very long time.
It got me thinking about our diets and how we can get stuck a rut. We tend to use the ingredients and products that we have always used. We really are creatures of habit. Trying new foods when we are away is a great way to stay mindful in our eating. Slowing down and tasting every mouthful really does have massive benefits. We enjoy our food more when we take time over it. We avoid overeating when we eat slowly and when we chew more as we recognise the messages of fullness better.
The icing on the cake at this restaurant was being able to walk round the vegetable plot and see the ingredients being grown, that really does make you appreciate the great efforts that have gone into preparing your meal. Appreciating everything you eat is a real challenge in life, in our developed society it is so easy to take food for granted.
Today try to appreciate the first mouthful of everything you eat. You may well find it very difficult to remember but keep trying. In time you will master this and then you can get more ambitious and try to appreciate and experience the eating experience more fully ,more of the time.
On a Revitalise Day you will find an amazing array of food to get your taste buds working overtime. You will love the fresh food loving prepared by our specialist chef. Mindful eating is a great way to get mindfulness into your everyday life and to experience a direct benefit from it very quickly.