When it comes to our physical health we often overlook the role that the spiritual plays. We all know that we have to eat right, avoid things like sugar, overly refined foods and processed fats. We understand that we need to eat more vegetables and be conscious of what we put into our bodies. One of the reasons that so many people struggle with this is because they eat for emotional reasons rather than for nourishment. That is where your spiritual health starts affecting your physical health. Here are some ways that you can change your habits of emotional eating and find a more spiritual connection with food.
1. Get specific about your health goals and put them down on paper, each day you can take steps toward reaching them.
2. Drink plenty of water, your body is mostly water and you need it to survive. Water is essential to our survival, coffees and sodas are not and they cannot do the same job.
3. Start examining your cravings and try to figure out the “why” behind them. Are you eating because you are sad, lonely or bored? Are you craving some nutrient that you aren’t getting as part of your diet? A craving isn’t always what it seems and you need to make sure you’re giving your body what it needs rather than succumbing to boredom.
4. Be mindful when eating. Slow down the pace and chew every mouthful properly. Take the time to taste your food, nourishing your body can be a pleasurable act. When you slow down your eating it gives your stomach time to adjust and to let you know when you are full.
5. Take a look at your beliefs when it comes to food and nutrition. Your attitude about food may be one of the reasons you overeat or eat unhealthy foods. Learn to cook and prepare your own foods. How you feel about the food you eat is every bit as important as what you eat, don’t underestimate the connection.
6. Try growing some of the food you eat, even if it is only a herb garden on the window sill. It can help you get a better understanding of where your food comes from and making a different connection with it.
7. Give thanks before you eat. Praying before you eat is a very old practice, while you don’t necessarily have to give thanks to God, you can give thanks to the universe, the creator or whatever spiritual belief that you have.
Being spiritual and developing your spiritual health isn’t always about prayer or meditation it is about making a connection to the world around you.