D.R.E.A.M. a Mindful World
Over the next several months, I plan to post articles about Project Garden Gate’s new coaching program, D.R.E.A.M. a Mindful World.
When we are mindful, positive energy flows with our actions—whether we are eating, walking, listening, talking, or anything else that requires our full awareness.
For the first article of this new D.R.E.A.M. a Mindful World series, we’ll address the “D,” which stands for “diet.” It’s about being mindful of what you eat; yet, it's more about being mindful of how and where you eat, knowing where your food comes from, being grateful, and more.
Here are a few tips that will get you started on creating your mindful world through diet—for your inner world and, just as importantly, for your outer world.
- Be mindful to savor your meals. Before you take your first bite, pause and, in your own way, give thanks. Being truly mindful during a meal means taking the time to think about where the food came from—not just the grocery store but going back to archaic times. Did you know that mushrooms are prehistoric? Discovering the origins of our food can be a great learning opportunity especially for young children. Did you know that potatoes originated in South America and not in Ireland?
- Be mindful of your body. How do you feel after eating certain foods? Are you listening to your body? If you are feeling sluggish and tired after eating a meal, perhaps you are eating too much or the wrong foods. Sure, it might taste delicious, but what is it doing to your body?
- Be mindful of how you eat your meals. Please don’t eat while driving or operating any type of machinery. There will always be times when you are in a hurry and feel rushed, but this is the perfect time to stop, breathe, and enjoy your meal. Whether it’s a sandwich, a salad, or a four-course meal, slow down, chew and taste your food, and be present. You’ll be glad that you did!
- Be mindful of your beverage consumption. Don’t forget to drink healthy beverages and plenty of water. However, drinking too much water can be a problem, especially if you are not active. Be mindful of the number of caffeinated beverages you consume too.
The food we eat and drink comes from the earth. When we are mindful of this fact, we are respectful to Mother Earth, which strengthens our connection to her.
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it seems like the perfect time to start being mindful of our body, mind, and soul.
Here are some recommended books:
- How to Eat, by Thich Nhat Hanh
- New Complete Vegetarian, by Rose Elliot
- Whole30, by Melissa Hartwig Urban
- Master Plants Cookbook by Margarita Restrepo and Michele Lastella
If you are interested in finding your inner self through my D.R.E.A.M. a Mindful World program, please Get In Touch with me.
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