Mindful eating has been a buzzword that has come out more frequently as of late. And rightfully so! Knowing what we eat, where food comes from, how beneficial (or harmful) it is to our bodies and so on, is important. After all, knowledge is power. When planning your diet always try to opt for foods that are nutrient-dense and chemical-free. Here are tips to help those who want to become more plant-based, vegan or vegetarian but can serve as a quick and easy guide for anyone who simply wants to be more aware of what they consume.
1. Eat Fresh Food
The fresher and less processed the better. If you can get foods as soon as they come from the farms and the soil, then please do. This is the appeal of farmers markets, and buying from producers - you get products with the least amount of handling. When foods are packaged, processed and prepped with some chemicals to help with shelf-life they may lose some nutrients and you may ingest preservatives.
Another helpful tip for those who simply want to eat more mindfully is to really focus on foods that are basic and whole, with the least amount of ingredients. When you turn a package around and read the label... that long winding list of ingredients can often be to your detriment. If you have a hard time pronouncing a lot of what's on the ingredients list, then maybe it's not for you.