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Eating Mindfully

One thing that you may not pay enough attention to in your recovery is your eating habits. Not everyone has an unhealthy relationship with food, but everyone can benefit from eating mindfully. Your main goal in your recovery from substance use is probably to maintain your sobriety, but you should also be caring for your whole being — mind, body, and soul. By practicing mindful eating, you can make sure that the nourishment you are providing your body with is actually fueling you. Continue reading to learn more about how you can implement mindful eating in your recovery.

Think of Food as Fuel

Many people, particularly women, struggle with body image. As a result, they often become hyper-focused on all things food. They may control what they eat, how much they eat, and when they eat in order to maintain or lose weight. Instead of looking at food as a way that you can manipulate your body image, try thinking about food as fuel.

There is a lot of shame tied up in eating, but there doesn’t have to be. If you think of food in terms of good or bad, you probably have a sense that you should feel guilty if you indulge in a “bad” food. Although some foods may not be completely healthy, it’s okay to have that small piece of chocolate or that slice of pizza. You don’t have to shame yourself for wanting something tasty. In fact, you can eat these things in moderation and you will be okay.

When you think of food as fuel, you should be making your eating habits individualized. You cannot look at someone else’s eating habits and blindly adopt them. You have to do what is right for you and your body. If you aren’t fueling your body the way it needs to be fueled, you’re going to struggle in your recovery.

Mindful eating is about having a healthy relationship with food. When you are eating mindfully, you are being present and noticing what you are giving your body as fuel. It’s about truly tasting every bite you take and enjoying each sip you have. If you are eating and drinking on autopilot, without realizing what it is you’re consuming, you aren’t eating mindfully. Eating mindfully isn’t about eating to gain or lose weight; it’s about fueling your body so that you can be the best person you can be.

Villa Tranquil Recovery is here to help you develop healthy eating habits while you are working on your recovery. We don’t want your relationship with food to get in the way of your sobriety. Call us today at 866-697-7573. We can’t wait to speak with you!