“Get Happy & Healthy” Wellness Challenge Day 1: On Being Mindful

Good afternoon, ladies! Today I wanted to touch base on a topic that’s often not discussed in the health & wellness community: mindfulness. For those of you who are participating in my 7-Day “Get Happy & Healthy” Wellness Challenge, you should have already seen in your inbox that today’s challenge has to do with eating mindfully.

What the heck does mindfulness have to do with healthy living, you ask? Well it’s a whole lot more than one may think! It’s also a topic that I hold very close to my heart, as it’s one of the major steps that helped me get over diet-obsessed living once and for all.

You see, in college I ate (and lived, for that matter) completely mindlessly. I scarfed down food as quickly as I could so I wouldn’t have to deal with the guilt, and I rushed through all my meals like it was one big race. I was an emotional eater and an impulse eater at that, eating what would make me “feel better” (or so I thought) and then dealing with the guilt of the aftermath.

This then lead to extreme restriction, dieting and poor body image which, if you ever saw someone on a diet eating lunch, you know is far from a mindful experience. It was complete hell, and I was stuck in a mindless mess.

While I am still a work in progress when it comes to eating mindfully (without distractions from technology, people or thoughts) I am proud to say I have come a long way. Eating this way has taught me to savor my food, to enjoy each meal and to appreciate myself and my body.

How can you practice eating more mindfully? For those of you participating in the challenge, remember to share your experience. The hashtag on social media is #HappyHealthyWC

9 Responses to ““Get Happy & Healthy” Wellness Challenge Day 1: On Being Mindful”

  1. Jess Says:

    Mindful eating. Mindful living. Intention. Those are words I LOVE and have been trying very hard to live by more and more by the day. It’s been a very recent thing for me, the whole mindful eating, eating out of intention, intuition and not out of boredom, sadness, stress, or anything else. It’s been a LONG road but an important one for me — and today, I guess I’d sum up your question with this response: I listen to my body cues as MUCH as I can. Looking for the sign that my body is in need of fuel, nourishment, nutrients. It could be based on my energy levels or even something as simple as a tummy rumble, sort of back to basics in that regard, you know? (and wow, I’m a rambling fool today, sorry about that!!)

  2. Rachel @Healthy Chicks Says:

    @Jess I LOVE your “rambling.” Thanks for being so honest and open. I totally agree with you that it’s a long road and different for everyone. I like what you said about looking at signs (inside & out) to help guide you! Sounds like you are doing AMAZING 🙂

  3. Jen Says:

    Mindfulness is so important in all that we do. For those who want to know more about eating mindfully, I just got the book ‘Eating Mindfully: How to End Mindless Eating & Enjoy A Balanced Relationship with Food,’ By Susan Albers and recommend it to those who are interested in exploring mindful eating.

  4. jobo Says:

    I agree, mindfulness is definitely a long long road, and almost always a work in progress, but I also feel SO far away from where I used to be, it just feels SO good to feel in control of my eats, yet still enjoying every last bite! Great post as always!

  5. Rachel @ Healthy Chicks Says:

    @Jen Thanks for sharing the book Jen. It sounds wonderful, and a great way to really dip deep and learn more about yourself/eating habits.

  6. Rachel @ Healthy Chicks Says:

    @jobo It’s so refreshing to look back and see how far we’ve come. It’s all a process but we’re always moving forward 🙂

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