Mindful Grocery Store Shopping

After being diagnosed with any medical condition, or being told to lose weight, many patients feel overwhelmed. The first question  is what do I eat?

In my previous post, I invite readers to consider a mindful approach with eating.  In this post, I invite you to now approach your trips to the grocery store in the same way, with non-judgmental observation.

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I have found over the years when advising patients on dietary habits, I can hand out printouts on eating more greens, reducing intake of sugary foods, or stopping soda.  This can be helpful, but once the patient is at the store, juggling a family and watching a budget, this advise can become difficult to follow.

In the last few years, I’ve been taking a “boots on the ground” approach.  Although a patient’s visit with me may be an important episode in their healing journey, the real healing process happens outside of the office.  

If like most of us, you shop for groceries on the weekends.  I invite you to observe your trip to the grocery store. Do you have a certain aisle you go to first?  Do you take a with a list? Do you look for sales?

Finally, at the conclusion of your trip, make observations of what is in your cart  This may be difficult, but please try not to judge what’s in your cart. Simply observe if there is a dominant food type, or if there are any foods you don’t have in your cart.

While doing this, it is so important to not judge your cart, or yourself.  If you find yourself doing this, simply take a breath and let the judgement thought go.

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Mindful Approach to Nutrition

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In a few of my previous post, I’ve discussed the topic of Nutrition. Over the next several post, I’d like to discuss a mindful, self compassionate approach to nutrition and making better choices.

In the practice of Yoga, one very simple and power practice we use is observation. Sometimes during a Yoga session, students are asked to observe the breath entering the nostrils. A very nice way to start a Yoga class is simple observation of the body, or a Body Scan. This is done by mentally scanning over the body and how every part of the body feels. When this is done, we seek to observe, but not to judge (for example, call “good”, “bad”, “short”, “tall”, etc.).

After practicing Yoga for nearly 20 years, I remain fascinated that the practice of simple observation (without judgement) can be soothing and relaxing.

The practice of Mindfulness is becoming very popular. Mindfulness can start to sound fancy and complicated, but its simply making observation without judgement.

This week, I invite you, as I will myself to make non-judgmental observation of your diet. Throughout this week, maybe make a mental note, or even a real note of what you are eating or will be eating. Over the next week, don’t judge the food at all. Try not to consider any consequences of what you eat. Maybe even 30 seconds before eating, simply observe the meal.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I always have so much gratitude for you taking time to spend with me here on this blog.