Mindfulness: the simple trick to eating less and enjoying more

Mindfulness might sound like a hippie concept. But it’s really just getting present. It’s easy to be on auto-pilot and go about our day-to-day lives without really living. So mindfulness is about paying attention to what you’re doing and soaking up every moment, rather than letting your mind race ahead, worrying about the next thing you’re going to do.

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The same things apply to food. When you’re shopping pick ingredients you really want to cook with; touch them and smell them. When you’re cooking, notice the textures and the colours. Inhale the smells and make it all part of the experience. Try to zone in so your mind is relaxed. I love listening to classical or quirky folk music when I’m preparing food. It not only helps to keep you calm but I find it also encourages creativity as well. I believe that food is here to nourish us and to share with the people we love. So try putting some loving energy into the preparation of your meals, whether you’re making them for yourself, your friends or family.

When it’s time to eat, turn off the TV and sit at the table. Try chewing slowly and for longer than you normally would. This not only enhances the experience but also aids digestion and the body’s absorption of nutrients. Put your fork down often. Try to notice and pick out all the flavours. You’ll also find you feel much fuller faster because your brain has time to process your meal.

If you still think it all sounds a bit hippie, just trust me. When you tap into this mindfulness thing it really can change the way you eat, and the way you experience life in general. For something so simple, the benefits can be pretty amazing. Being mindful is also such a positive and grateful way to live.

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Lola Berry
Colourful, adventurous and with a healthy dose of Aussie eccentricity, Lola Berry is definitely not your average nutritionist. She blogs, tweets, writes and talks about good health and wholefoods and there's little Lola won't to do to get her message across: eating and living well is easy and fun! Lola's enthusiasm is contagious and her knack for translating the most technical information into easy-to-follow advice has made her one of Australia's most popular nutritionists. She is constantly finding creative ways to help people make small achievable changes in their lives in order to better their health. Lola grew up in a family where health and fitness were celebrated, but by no means a focal point. It wasn't until experiencing her first 'summertime detox' as a teenager that Lola recognised what a huge impact food had on health and wellbeing. Within a few years Lola had completed her Bachelor of Health Science with a major in Nutritional Medicine at Endeavour College of Natural Health. Armed with enthusiasm and tonnes of ideas, Lola made it her mission to help as many people as possible live a healthy, fulfilled life. In 2007, Lola began posting videos full of health tips, nutritional advice and easy, accessible recipes. People responded to her quirky approach and her ‘Fruits and Roots’ webisodes soon led to regular TV appearances and her first book, Lola Berry's Inspiring Ingredients. Lola kept up with her engaging blog and informative e-newsletters and her online following continued to grow. In 2012 Lola released, The 20/20 Diet, which became the number one diet book in Australia within weeks of its release. Lola’s follow-up book, The 20/20 Diet Cookbook, is full of delicious recipes and health creations and has already gone into reprint (even though it was only released in February 2014). Today, Lola is a regular guest on various TV and radio shows and a contributor to numerous magazines and newspapers.