Mindful Eating Is About More Than What You’re Putting in Your Body — How You Eat Matters
You may be a healthy eater — staying away from processed junk, drinking bone broth regularly, and “eating clean” — but are you a mindful eater? Mindful eating is about more than what you’re putting in your body. How you eat matters: where your food comes from; how it’s produced, grown, or raised; its impact on the environment; and your actual dining experience. It sounds complicated, but by understanding what to look for and what’s important to you, you can easily shift your habits to be more mindful.
Why Is Mindful Eating Important?
Based loosely on the ancient practice of Ayurveda, mindful eating asks you to become aware of the ways in which your diet is impacting your body, your mind, and your environment. Food choices are one of the biggest ways we interact directly with the world around us and control our physical health. When those choices are aligned with how we want to feel and how we want to impact our surroundings, we feel good and move closer to the goal of holistic wellness.
How to Practice Mindful Eating
Mindful eating is simply the practice of bringing attention to what’s on your plate, what goes into making it, and what effect it has on the larger world.
Consider this. You drive a hybrid car, have a compost bin in your yard, and gave up plastic water bottles — conservation and being eco-conscious are important to you. But, when you don’t read ingredient labels or don’t choose sustainable meats or seafood, you’re supporting practices that could deplete and harm the environment. Once you understand the way your grocery-buying habits impact more than just your own body, it’s easier to prioritize, plan ahead, and choose food that does match with your goal of “being green.”
In addition to what your food does out in the world, what it does in your body and brain is important, too. When food is produced with care and pride, such as when it’s cooked for you by a loved one, you feel good when you eat it. It’s usually healthier and better for your body than food quick-fried and shoved out of a drive-thru window, and it fills you with gratitude for the person who made it. You may express those good feelings by savoring each bite — and many studies have shown that eating slowly decreases over-eating and excess bloating.
But, if you can’t commit to cooking dinner every night, you can still practice mindful eating by choosing foods that are made with similar love and care — foods made with wholesome, organically grown vegetables, pasture-raised meats, and the intention that food is medicine.
Osso Good Bone Broth is a mindful eater’s dream. It’s slow-simmered with pride from ingredients sourced from family-run farms in Northern California and Oregon that raise their animals and vegetables with responsible practices. It’s Whole-30 Approved, paleo-friendly, gluten-free, dairy-free, exceptionally creamy, and easy to sip and savor — it’s a food you can you feel grateful for consuming, knowing it was made with your whole wellness in mind.
Osso Good Bone Broth is also great in recipes, like this paleo solution to mashed potato cravings: Cauliflower and Parsnip Puree.
Cauliflower and Parsnip Puree Recipe
Servings: 4-6 portions as a side dish
Cook time: 35-40 minutes
1 small head of organic cauliflower (1 to 1 ½ pounds), chopped
4-5 medium organic parsnips (¾ to 1 pound), chopped
2 organic garlic cloves, peeled and minced
1 to 2 tbsp. of unsalted organic butter, divided (or dairy-free butter)
½ cup of water
Salt and pepper to taste
Heat 1 tablespoon of butter over medium heat in a large, heavy-bottomed pot. Add garlic and vegetables and cook for 2 minutes, until slightly softened. Add water and bone broth and simmer, covered, until vegetables are very soft, about 25-30 minutes.
Transfer vegetables to a blender or use an immersion blender to puree, adding the remaining tablespoon of butter and more bone broth as needed until it reaches your desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper to taste