Write down what your conscience honestly tells you before, during, and after eating what you consider to be a healthy, nutrient-dense meal. Reflect on this.
Usually, when eating something very nutrient-dense, I feel proud. Not because I’m not eating something else or something processed. More so because most nutrient-dense meals that I eat are usually cooked at home, so I feel satisfied that I’ve taken the time to cook something for myself. Particularly because, the less processed, the more time I likely carved out to make my food.
For my body, when I eat more plant-based, protein-rich foods, I operate better. I feel more energetic, less bloated, and less “weighed down” by food. I have a fullness that isn’t stuffed and a deeper sense of satisfaction. When I choose those options, I tend to feel grateful for having access to them and that I’ve made a decision that I know will make me feel better, in many ways, at that moment.
When talking about conscience and nutrient-dense foods, it’s hard to not fall into a dichotomy of good and bad foods. However, part of the reason why I feel like I tend to feel so satisfied, grateful, and proud when I choose a less processed meal is because of the way my body responds. I don’t always need to feel that way, but 90% of the time, I like it.
I like knowing that I’m fueling myself well and enough. It feels like an act of caring. Instead of reaching for the path of least resistance, I’m actively choosing a path of longer-term health and satisfaction, in those moments.
Black Iron Nutrition is offering a 30 Day Mindful Eating Challenge that includes journal prompts and tasks to help bring more mindfulness to our relationships with food. And I’m in! This post is in response to today’s prompt to keep myself accountable and get the most out of my participation. If you’re interested in joining the free challenge, sign up at Black Iron Nutrition’s website here.