A Book Review and a Life Lesson on Mindful Eating The School of Essential Ingredients, by Erica Bauermeister
What the 100 Days is about:
I was at the Shaklee Global Conference August 12-16th and we were challenged to 100 Days of Amazing with the question of what could we accomplish in 100 days if we really tried? I was inspired by the challenge, both as a business builder who wants to grow my business in 100 days and as an individual! What could I do in 100 days?
My Journey to Amazing: My 100 Days to Amazing are committed to making a more successful business as a Shaklee Independent Distributor and I am also committed to 100 days to amazing health and fitness. I want to be fit for my future making sure that my health span matches my life span as closely as possible. This is my Journey.
The Book Review:
Once a month 8 people meet for a cooking class not knowing how their lives will be changed by Lilian as she guides them through the art of cooking. Lilian believes that food heals. She understands that the smells, tastes, textures, and experience of food touch our hearts, memories and very souls and she uses this gift to touch the past of each member of the class in deeply personal ways.
Erica Bauermeister writes about food in a deeply sensual way, almost as if we have walked into a private moment. She writes in such a descriptive manner that you feel as you are smelling the delicious aromas, tasting the depth of the flavors as if you were another student and it stirs your own memories and heart as you read. This book reads a little differently from your average book and I encourage you to get swept away by the stories of the people in the class. I not only recommend this book for the pure joy of reading the book and for the sensations you will experience along the way, but also as a life lesson for ourselves.
A Life Lesson:
In America especially, food can be something we don’t know what to do with. We are told eat to live, don’t live to eat. We are told to follow the pyramid, eat the rainbow, watch what you eat….. It can get overwhelming. I think we should follow the examples of countries such as Greece, Italy, and France. Food isn’t something we eat just to be the ideal weight or meet our caloric intake, it is an experience. People come together for the sake of fellowship, companionship, fun, friendship, and family. The food is eaten slowly and each bite is savored, filled with delight, appreciation, and joy in the food itself and for those who prepared it. This can’t be healthy! Right? Wrong!
The example of how other countries eat is similar to what we call “Mindful Eating”. Learning to be a Mindful Eater allows you to take the judgement out of eating and to slow down. Mindful Eating allows you, encourages you, to experience the smell, taste, texture, and even color of your food and teaches us to learn and experience the body; re we hungry, are we satisfied, can we recognize the stages of fullness? Mindful Eating is not a diet, but a way of listening to you own body and knowing your own hunger levels.
I recently learned the expression Hara Hachi Bu which means “eat until you feel about 80% full and then stop.” The people of Okinawa, which are known for their health and longevity, use this phrase before a meal to remind themselves not to overeat. They listen to their bodies and know when to stop, they are practicing Mindful Eating.
I recommend practicing Mindful Eating and give yourself time to learn it. I think you will find it will also bring back the joy of a good meal without the guilt! Take your time, enjoy your food, and listen to you body! Maybe we do live to eat! Mangia! Mangia!
Links to information regarding Mindful Eating:
So, how’s it going?
Goal one, my Shaklee Business: Yesterday was Sunday and I chose to relax and enjoy the day. A day off! That said I still got a couple of leads and will follow up today! Hoorah!
Goal two, my health and fitness: As I mentioned above I decided to take the day off which is just as important as moving, as long as you don’t take every day off! Sometimes a day to quiet your mind and body is what is needed to refocus our energies. So, I am rested up and ready to go!
I am excited to attack this week with purpose. I also want to watch my views, I know several people who are on exercise programs right now and if they don’t do it just exactly as planned they struggle with feelings of failure and guilt. I want to remember that I am making lifestyle changes and failure and guilt aren’t part of the package. The idea is to be someone who just moves a lot, plays a lot and therefore is more fit and I want to make that just normal life. Today I will commit to follow up with my leads, move and of course, I will Strip and Shake daily and Blog.
100 Days to Amazing! You can do amazing things. I believe you can; you believe you can too!