As a Board Certified Sport Dietitian, shouldn't I be spending most of my time talking about supplements and sport nutrition products?
And in my field of work, far too many athletes struggle with their relationship with food and their body.
Since many athletes don't consider mastering mindful eating before they start training for an athletic event, I can't stress how important it is to develop a great relationship with food and the body in order to boost athletic performance and overall health.
An unhealthy body image drives unhealthy eating habits.
Eventually, performance and health decline.
If you feel uncomfortable eating before workouts, using sport nutrition during workouts or have yet to learn how to eat for health and plan your diet throughout the day, you may find it extremely difficult to experience success in athletic development without a health-related setback.
You can be extremely disciplined with training but if you do not fuel smart your body will not perform well.
Being mindful with your eating allows you to see food differently.
Mindful eating allows you to train better.
BUT - it can be fixed!
Even though I ate pizza and appetizers, I still ate cake. Just a few bites as that was all I needed to feel satisfied and happy in my tummy.
No guilty feelings. No need to exercise more the next day. No anxiety when I went to bed about what I ate.
Kale, bread, grapes, milk, cookies or cake - mindful eating is freedom from food rules as you are in control of what foods make you feel the best without thoughts in your head telling you otherwise.
In Part III, I will discuss some tips to help you master the art of mindful eating. .