It seems as each day passes life gets busier and busier doesn’t it? Our calendars are packed with events and engagements to be at, our workload keeps piling up, and our homes seem to be in a hurried mess. And because of this craziness, our health suffers. We are so busy running around that we just don’t seem to have time to even think about eating healthy. It’s for this very reason that I think it’s a good idea to practice mindfulness.
What is Mindfulness?
That’s the question that popped into my head when I first heard the term a few years ago. Being mindful for me was something I connected with the manners I was taught growing up. Like remember to hold the door for someone when your walking in or out of a store or remember to say thank you when someone hands you something. These were moments that I considered being ‘mindful‘.
Mindfulness is actually something a bit different though.
According to Merriam-Webster, Mindfulness is
the quality or state of being mindful
the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis, also, such a state of awareness
So basically, in how I understand or see it, mindfulness is where you consciously take a moment to be aware of what’s going on around you.
This seems like a simple concept, but if you really think about it, within our busy lives, this could possibly be really hard to do.
Why Should We Be Mindful When It Comes To Our Health
Mindfulness may or may not across to you as a strange term, but the more I have learned about the term, the more I can see where it fits perfectly in with each persons health journey.
Being able to be actively mindful of what’s going on with our day to day health will allow us to make the right choices. Whether it be our food choices during the day or the amount of exercise that we have done, practicing mindfulness could possible help finally reach the goals we are always trying to reach.
It’s A New Way To Look At Your Healthy Journey – Especially concerning food
I recently had the opportunity to review The Mindful Vegan by Lani Muelrath. In her book, Lani says this about using mindfulness in our health journeys
“It sets you on a path to finding a more balanced, peaceful life and to being a better communicator about urgent lifestyle choices. It offers solutions to the dilemma that food can present in a way that is personally satisfying and aligned with your deepest values. It is for anyone who wants to be free of frustrating and baffling eating behaviors and discover their naturally healthy body and weight. It is for anyone who wants to find an antidote to the stress that comes as companion to conscious living and eating. “
In The Mindful Vegan, Lani helps guide you through lessons on the mindfulness practice. She lays it out in a very simple, easy to follow plan that will help to start reaping the benefits in no time.
It Lowers Stress
Studies have shown that people who practiced mindfulness on a regular basis showed reduced levels of the hormone cortisol, the stress hormone.
Mindfulness allows you to relax and actually find freedom in being aware, which in turn lowers your stress.
It Can Help With Negative Thought Patterns
Anxiety, stress, and just plain business of life can throw us down a path of negative thoughts. Mindfulness helps you to break those thought patterns. Almost giving you a time to step back, breath, and re-focus on what’s going on around you.
What Do I Think About Practicing Mindfulness
I personally practice mindfulness, but I guess I call it something different. For me, being mindful is starting my day in prayer and in God’s word. Putting Him first and drawing close to him. Then the rest of the day I’m just being mindful of what I’m doing. What food I’m eating, what actions I’m taking to live a healthy lifestyle, and just being who He desires for me to be out in the world.
I see mindfulness as this..
Being aware. Taking a moment and evaluate situations that you may struggle with. Not being caught up in the rush of life and busyness that surrounds us to really pay attention to what is going on in our lives.
Mindfulness, to me, shouldn’t be something that consumes your whole day though. Being present also means being able to see the needs of others and possibly offer help. If we are so focused on ourselves, we may miss that.
For what it’s worth, I think being mindful of what we are doing, especially when it comes to eating, is a good thing. Stepping back and taking the time to shush the craziness of our world and focus on making healthy choices is always a good thing.
More Info On The Mindful Vegan
The Mindful Vegan is a wonderful book for anyone that is looking to try something new in their health journey. Based around a 30 Day plan, Lani walks alongside the reader as they set aside time each day for meditation (I would use this time for prayer), audio guides on mindfulness, a lesson on mindfulness, and a inspirational type story for each day.
As the title says, there is a focus on having a vegan mindset. I am not vegan myself, but was able to glean some very good points about healthy eating and how eating a more plant-based diet is good for us.
Backed by extensive research, with step-by-step instructions, personal stories, positivity, humor, and a handful of delicious recipes, The Mindful Vegan will help you emancipate yourself from the stranglehold that mindless and compulsive eating have on your weight, health, food choices, and, most of all, peace of mind