Kristina Carillo-Bucaram started Rawfully Organic in Houston- an organic produce co-op in Houston that supports our local farmers, as well as does a lot of work to encourage the raw food lifestyle and just healthy eating in general. She recently-ish made a video about overcoming bad eating habits that inspired me. Its a great video which I posted below, but here are the tips:
- Be aware of how you feel when you eat.
- Eat in a quiet, safe, sound, happy place.
- Pay attention to how you feel.
- Prepare your food with love.
- Plan your meals ahead of time.
- Have enough food in your house (for the next 5 days).
- Don’t eat crap.
As she talked in the video, some thoughts came up for me.
First of all, the video emphasized never eating when I feel sad, upset or confused. I should pay attention to my feelings before I eat and make sure I am in a place of peace.
I should also pay attention to what is on my plate! There is absolutely no reason to ever eat crap. When there is free food offered to me at work, I usually eat it (and feel guilty). Its not even delicious. What a waste! I shouldn’t waste my calories or energy on anything that isn’t 1)high quality nutrition and 2)high quality tastiness!
I also loved the suggestion to spiritualize my eating ritual. Many people pray before eating, but this always seemed so un-spiritual to me because of its presentation… It seemed obligatory, and I never felt connected to it. However, I do like the idea of praying over my food. I have a new appreciation for it, and how my choices affect my body. I don’t want to just pray over my food as an obligatory thanksgiving prayer. I want to pray over it and thank God for it because eating it gives me life, and the choices I make around food need to be intentional and good for me, but also good for the world and our environment.
I also need to have a plan around my eating and make sure that I have enough food. When I get too hungry, I binge. I don’t need to write down what I am going to eat all day, but I should have a general idea of what I want for lunch and dinner. I usually eat all fruit until dinner time, and the times when I am most successful eating this way are when I eat ENOUGH. People give me strange looks when they find out how much fruit I eat, but I can tell you that my digestion (and my weight) do best on a high fruit diet. If I don’t eat enough for breakfast, however, I crave high calorie/low nutrient foods in the afternoon. If I am starving for chips or cookies at 2:00pm after lunch…I know I didn’t eat enough.
Anyhoo…great video! Rawfully Organic always inspires me. I love how I feel when I eat well.