DAY # 16
Good morning my Mindful Eaters! It’s time to have a FUN challenge that will actually make you smarter..... are you ready?
Today I will eat and drink all of my meals and snacks with my non-dominant hand.
Go ahead and practice drinking water, coffee, tea, smoothies, and liquids with your non-dominant hand too! And if you really want to challenge yourself → brush your teeth, brush your hair and try to do anything else with your other hand (I don’t recommend putting on makeup tho!).
I know, this IS a challenge and this one is meant to help you grown more brain cells (it's true). Using your opposite hand will strengthen neural connections in your brain, and even grown new ones. It's similar to how physical exercise improves your body's functioning and muscle growth. Other cultures eat with their right hand and wipe with their left hand. Ewww I know, totally off topic but in case you’re out of the country, don’t try this challenge today!
Have fun with it and get smarter while you do it! Don’t forget to include as many as the other mindful eating skills as you possibly can. I always love to say a prayer/gratitude for my meals and snacks, slow down, put my utensil down between bites, and last night I left 2-3 bites of pan-fried tempeh, grilled asparagus and roasted sweet potatoes. I really wanted to clean my plate like I was taught to do growing up, but I put the leftovers away to be added to a salad for tomorrow. It’s the gift that my today self gives to my future self and I’m always grateful for doing it! Then there is no guilt for throwing out good food.
Today reflect on what challenges you really like and those you’ve struggled with. Then ask yourself why: why you like the ones you do and how you can work with the others that don't come as easily. My biggest struggle continues to be snacking at the counter and nibbling while making dinner (usually tasting the food since I don’t follow recipes and just “wing it”). But this month I’ve really made a conscious effort to pay attention and just stop in the moment and say, ‘not now, perhaps later, but right now let’s try something different.’ Sometimes it works, sometimes not. No judgment. No giving up. Just trying another time until things start to stick. Remember you’re doing better than you think.
So keep moving forward and in another week or two you will see how far you’ve come based on your effort! Working on mindful eating skills is such a waste of time… said none of my clients EVER! It’s such a worthy cause, I really can't encourage you enough to NOT give up, even on those difficult days. Keep moving forward, baby steps or big ones. It doesn’t matter. Focus on progress, HNAT perfection :)