By Marilyn Halpern, LSW, MSW ~
Every year, the American Heart Association (AHA) strategically picks November as Eat Smart Month. Thanksgiving often marks the beginning of the holiday season and an annual uptick in caloric intake. Celebrate healthy eating with free, inspiration and motivation by texting 51555 and submitting the keyword DailyHack. Participate and receive a daily text message from AHA starting November 1 through December 1, 2020. AHA also invites people to explore their web-based resources, search Eat Smart Month, AHA.
Mindful eating allows you to reflect on how food provides energy, strengthens the body, and promotes well-being. This month, pay attention not only to what you eat but also how you eat. For example, do you find yourself dashing through meals, or eating while driving, working or watching TV? Many people report eating on autopilot most of the time. Ideally, mindful eating involves sitting at a table, limiting distractions and enjoying food. It involves eating slowly so we can savor the textures, flavors, aroma and pleasure of the experience. This deliberate, thoughtful process allows us to focus on eating intentionally.
Mindful eating offers an opportunity to get observant so you can identify meal and snack patterns along with dietary habits. More curiosity and less judgement can help you think about why, when, what and how eating is promoting health or hijacking your best efforts. Before each meal, try to envision the concept that the food represents a giver, a receiver and a gift.
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The American Heart Association provides tools and resources so that food can be our best and most powerful medicine. Gratitude comes easy when we savor the joy of eating a delicious meal. Enjoy the feast. Bon Appétit!
Marilyn Halpern is a medical power of attorney, care manager and professional guardian in the Denver Metro area. For more information www.aspencareservices.com. A special thanks to Pho Lang Co. in South Denver – pictured Vegetable Tofu Pho.