Everyday Mindfulness: An Exercise in Mindful Dieting

In preparation for the half marathon, I have now started going out running at lunchtime – to the amusement of the majority of my colleagues. They’re in two camps. The boys are erring more towards dubious admiration (they’re not entirely sure I’ll do it), and the women all assume it’s a health kick centered on losing weight. A couple of them have even committed to ‘joining’ me on my ‘diet’ (I’m eating everything in sight).

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Noticing and savoring what you eat contribute to a mindful attitude and help achieve exercise and diet goals

As an office, we have never really given any consideration to the eating habits of one another. There’s the occasional moan about the speed with which the biscuits were consumed, but, generally, food doesn’t factor on our conversational radar. Until this week.

Last Monday, four of my colleagues announced they were dieting. Two were off the wagon before the following Friday, but the other two are firmly entrenched. And we all have to know about it. Suddenly, the majority of their conversations are centred on calories, fat percentage and whole foods. The benefits of different exercise techniques are discussed at length and lunches scrutinized for most of the afternoon. To be honest, I’m really rather hoping they both give up on it sometime soon, but I’m not entirely sure they will. You see, by focusing on their diet to such a degree, they are in some parts tackling it mindfully.

To be truly mindful about a diet designed for weight loss, you need to focus on the types of foods you are eating. You need to be centered when consuming them and committed to mindfully providing your body with the fuel it needs. Neither of my colleagues is on this track yet, but I do wonder whether this might be the start of their journey down that path.

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