Adventures in Books… The Headspace Diet

The Headspace Diet

I’ve been looking into mindfulness in the last few months and started by doing the Take 10 through Headspace.

I really don’t want to be on a diet, but I know for counting calories is the best way for me to lose weight and make good food choices. However I am interested in mindful eating.

“Have you tried every diet going only to see the weight creep back on again? Do you feel guilty and anxious about eating certain foods? Or find yourself unable to resist that extra helping even if you’re not actually that hungry? Are you unhappy with your body and how it looks and feels? Now is the time to stop what you’re doing and try a different, healthy and brilliantly effective approach…

The Headspace Diet is designed to show you how to find your ideal weight in an easy, manageable and safe way. It will teach you how to remind your body of its own natural intelligence and ability to self regulate, allowing you to escape the neverending diet trap. Here you will follow simple yet potentially life-changing exercises in order to develop new effective habits and a much improved relationship with food and your body.

Mindfulness based meditation is the hot topic in neuroscience, over 2000 scientific papers have already been published in medical journals showing just what extraordinary benefits this easy practice has to offer. The Headspace mission is to get as many people taking just 10 minutes out of their day to practice these powerful techniques. Mindful eating is a key aspect of mindfulness and as you start to practise it you will notice profound results, both in terms of your shape but also your overall health and well being.”

I liked this quote and it is something I like to be so if I can take this and make it part of my eating I’ll be happy. “It’s really important to remember that a mindful attitude is one of openness, honesty, curiosity and investigation.”

This Zen proverb sounds too simple, but it makes so much sense. ‘When you sit, just sit, when you walk, just walk, and when you eat, just eat.’

The book is broken down into 5 ways to be more mindful about your diet:

  • Mindful Food Selection
  • Mindful Food Shopping
  • Mindful Food Preparation
  • Mindful Cooking
  • Mindful Eating

It is more than just about eating, which makes sense, but I’m surprised I didn’t realise this.

As an extension of Take 10 I am using the food journal provided at the end of the book to make the link between food, emotions and thoughts. I’m going to do this for 10 days and the reflect on how it went. Look out for a post on this 🙂

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