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3.27.24
/ Nutrition

National Nutrition Month: Wellness and Taking Good Care of Yourself

Taking good care of yourself not only means eating well to support your health, but also taking time for yourself to be mindful while eating, being mindful of your outlook on life, and making sure to include gentle movement, as able, every day.

Eat Mindfully

Mindful eating is being conscious of every bite you take and your whole eating experience. Eating mindfully means focusing on your body sensations, your thoughts and your feelings about the food you are eating. It is eating with heightened awareness with the goal of making a more enjoyable meal experience. A great thing about becoming more aware of your eating habits, is that you may take steps to change behaviors or food choices that benefit your health and wellbeing.

Try these ways to practice mindful eating:

  • Eat without distractions and use all your senses! Notice how the food looks, tastes, smells, and feels in your body as you eat. Pay attention to the sounds, colors, and textures of the food.
  • Eat slowly and acknowledge how your body feels after you eat a meal.
  • Express gratitude for the meal. It will bring you to the present moment and heighten the whole eating experience!

Move

As much as you can, include movement in your day. Gentle movement can increase circulation, strengthen muscles, and improve balance– and your mood! Depending on your ability, this could be as simple as sitting in bed or in a chair and taking a few deeper breaths, or wiggling your fingers and toes and gently stretching your arms, neck and shoulders. Movement for you might mean taking a daily walk at a comfortable pace; or it could mean jogging, yoga or lifting weights. Whatever movement is appropriate for you and is enjoyable, is the best routine for you! Be sure to let your doctor know of any new physical activity you’d like to try.

Meditate

In addition to movement, mindfully sitting and paying attention to your breathing can be very beneficial, and could take the form of meditation, prayer, thinking about things you feel grateful for, or reflecting on happy memories. You can do this practically anywhere, at any time of day or night, and for as little as just a few minutes– the most benefit will come from taking this time for yourself every day. Mindfully sitting still, paying attention to your breath, and focusing on thoughts that bring you happiness can reduce stress and improve your mood and outlook.

In Conclusion

These are just a few ways to take good care of yourself. Choose and try the ones that fit best for you! Always aim to make conscious decisions that honor your body and mind. Pay attention to how you feel throughout your day, don’t rush when eating, and be grateful– your sense of wellbeing will increase. Living mindfully contributes to your physical and mental health and improves your quality of life and wellbeing. Please also keep up with medical appointments and, when you need it, ask for help!

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