Wednesday 22 October 2014

Karl Henry: Mindful eating is a key to healthy living

Karl Henry urges us to focus on the task in hand and eat more mindfully in a bid to become more healthy.

Kar Henry

Published 12/07/2014 | 02:30

Karl Henry
Karl Henry
Barbecue some fish.
Pukka Tea

Life is one big rush. We rush through breakfast, lunch and dinner, making us feel bloated and queasy. Instead of focusing on the taste and taking the time to chew, we focus on the TV or the newspaper. Hence we eat too fast – and too much – and the body struggles to digest and metabolise the extra burden we place upon it.

Mindful eating is all about focusing on the task at hand: the meal. Put down your phone, the paper or the iPad – relax and taste your food. This will naturally slow down the eating process.

And when you are no longer rushing for all those quick-fix carbohydrates, you will start to eat the foods your body actually wants instead. And not only will your body and waist reap the benefits, your mind will too.

By forgetting about your phone and your inbox and relaxing during the meal, your mind will feel refreshed, destressed and ready to take on the world again.

By slowing down your eating you will feel full, satisfied and less bloated. Your digestion will improve, as will your skin, your hair and your nails.

It's a simple change. If you don't believe me, just try it for a week and see what happens.

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Sea Change

BBQ season is in full swing. One of the healthiest options for those watching their weight is a fish and vegetable kebab. You can use just about any type of fish – salmon, tuna, cod, haddock, monkfish...

Easy to make and delicious alongside brown rice and a light marinade (think yoghurt and spices).

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Take tea

If you are trying to wean yourself off coffee or looking for a choice of herbal teas, why not try the Pukka range? I'm a fan of their After Dinner tea, which is fantastic for aiding digestion during the day. The Pukka range of teas is currently on offer at Nourish – any two for €5. See nourish.ie

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