We all know that eating is necessary for survival, but most of us don’t think about it too much; we just eat what we want to eat and leave it at that.
However, this is changing as more people realize the impact of their food choices and the benefits of eating a more compassionate diet. Why is compassion important? Because it ables us to understand other people, and animals, their situation, and what we can do to alleviate their suffering.
How can we eat more compassionately?
Consider your needsWhen it comes to eating compassionately, the first person you need to show compassion to ids yourself. Remember the old, "put your oxygen mask on first before helping others" saying? You need to ensure that you are getting the optimum nutrition for your needs, so before you do anything else, find out which micro and macronutrients you need to stay healthy and come up with an eating plan that includes them in the right quantities.
Remove the meatRemoving the meat (and all animal products) from your diet is the biggest way to show compassion to animals, and other humans, as many animal farming practices are causing environmental devastation around the globe.If you aren’t ready to give up meat completely, try Meatless Monday, and go one day without animal products. It will be easier than you think, and it will help you to get more nutrients in your diet by exposing your to new foods, as well as helping you to eat in a more compassionate way. If you're not sure where to start, book an appointment with me.
Eat mindfullyWhen you eat slowly and mindfully, you appreciate your food more. You have an opportunity to think about all of the animals, humans, and environmental steps that have gone into the creation of your food, from the sun that feeds the plants, to the animals in the fields and the farmers who pick the crops. This enables you not only to appreciate your meals more, but you will also enjoy them more, and you will grow more compassion and empathy for everything and everyone who has a hand in putting the food on your plate, which means you’re less likely to be wasteful or overeat and more likely to balance your diet.
Eat natural, whole foodsEating as many natural, whole foods in as little packaging as possible is going to have the least impact on the earth. If you are serious about eating more compassionately, you need to look at labels, avoid single-use plastics, and try to eat as "clean" as possible (aka lowest carbon footprint).Of course you are only human, so you won't be perfect all the time, and that is where practicing self-compassion comes in. Strive to eat well at least 80% of the time to improve your own health, the health of the plants and animals we coexist with, and ultimately the planet itself.
Join the compassionate eating revolution and you’ll soon start to feel better both physically and mentally.