Healthy Living Tip: Being Mindful Brings Happiness
In honor of National Nutrition Month®, I asked Elisha Goldstein to share a tip or two to help you live healthfully and happily. I am a huge fan of his book The Now Effect. It has truly helped me to become more mindful and happy.
Be mindful of where it comes from – Take 30 seconds to pause and consider where the food you have in front of you came from, who was responsible for picking it, packaging it, transporting it and putting it in a place for you to find it. If it is a prepared food, who was responsible for taking the time to prepare it (even yourself) and then do some internal gesture of gratitude to them. Your food will taste a whole lot better now :).
Choose to consciously eat slower – This has been a tried and true piece of advice, but I’m suggesting this as a path toward happiness through food. When you chew slightly slower you give yourself the opportunity to enjoy the food more and as those moments of enjoyment add up, the ratio in life between good and bad moments begins to shift, inclining you more toward happiness. Enjoy!
Elisha Goldstein, PhD is co-founder of The Center for Mindful Living in Los Angeles and author of Uncovering Happiness, The Now Effect and co-author of MBSR Every Day and The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook.
Jill Weisenberger, MS, RDN, CDE, CHWC, FAND, is a Nutrition, Culinary & Diabetes Expert, Wellcoach®-certified health and wellness coach, Freelance Writer, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator. She's also the author of four books, including a best-seller. She's a nationally-recognized media expert in high demand for print and online interviews, as well as corporate and one-on-one nutritional counseling. Jill's philosophy is that nutrition science should be understandable, realistic and oh so delicious.
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