Introduction to Mindful Eating
Santhi starts this episode talking about her hobby of cooking and developing new recipes and travelling to remote places to find out who different communities eat and their traditional recipes.
She talks about how she has reached a stage where she is able to lead a healthy life and how the health improvement has happened over a long period of figuring out what to eat, when, why and how. She shares how food forms a significant part of her work, daily life and social engagement over a period of like 15-16 years.
Santhi tells us what mindful eating is, why every Indian woman should know about it.
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Santhi explains how exciting it is to work with children, how there is more willingness to accept new ideas and how hands on work with children excites them. Once the idea of mindful eating is introduced to children, she shares how important it is for the parents and the entire family to get involved.
She cautions this is a slow process, but the rewards are really worth the wait. She shares how, in the initial days of introducing mindful eating to her family, she used to make new dishes using millets or interesting salads, but never explained what it is made of. And over a period of time, the family started accepting the change.
She explains why it is important for us to know about mindful eating, regardless of who cooks in the family. She explains the concept of mindfulness in what we do, not just in eating. She says, if you know the purpose and intention of doing something without being judgmental, and completely giving 100%, that , for her, is mindfulness. She urges us to find our own definition though!
She says rather than deleting something from one's diet, it is more important to add something to what you are already eating.
She clarifies if this leads to a huge effort or not and she shares how it is possible to have a plan and a checklist to make it really simple, even if one is not comfortable with cooking.
Santhi highlights that if the culture of eating mindfully is there in the family, that is a huge solid foundation for the children in the long run.
She shares a few tips on how we can start this journey in our own family. She also talks about her book on the topic which explains the "how" of mindful eating, slated to be published shortly.
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