A report from amfAR, the Foundation for Aids Research, indicates that 22% of U.S. counties are disproportionately Black, and those counties account for 52% of COVID-19 cases and 58% of COVID-19 deaths.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported in April 2020 that 33% of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 were Black, although they made up just 18% of the community being evaluated.
There are many reasons why black people are disproportionately affected by the pandemic. The historical economic and social disparities that has created a constant state of stress in our communities, should make us more mindful of our health and wellness and what we need to do as a people to combat the onslaught of the virus and did-ease. It all starts with what we eat.
Mindful eating is merely eating with your full awareness of your food and the entire eating process.
Most people sit down for a meal and mindlessly fills themselves up. They often overeat because they aren’t paying attention to whether they’re full or not. They eat unhealthy food because they haven’t given serious thought to their meal’s nutritional value they’re about to eat.
Their mind isn’t on their meal. They’re thinking about the bills that need to be paid. They might be watching TV. They might even be driving down the road while eating a meal.
Mindful eating is a robust process that delivers significant results to your health, life experience, and psychology. Eating is the most crucial input you have to influence your body. When you’re mindful of the food that you eat, you’re going to have positive results.
There’s no downside to mindful eating. If you take the time to master this skill, you’ll see numerous benefits in all parts of your life.
What you learn from eating mindfully can be applied to other parts of your life. Mindful eating affects your mind, body, and life experience for the better.
As we watch the news, it seems that every day there is some calamity. Just watching the news can cause stress. Dealing with this current pandemic is a stressful situation for everyone. Being locked in, not being able to go anywhere, will cause many people to eat more.
There are biological reasons that so many people eat when stressed. When a person is physically or emotionally stressed, the body releases a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol does a lot of things, including increasing food cravings for foods high in sugar or fat.
Stress also increases the hormones that produce feelings of hunger. Stress is harmful to your mind and body.
It’s essential to be mindful during those periods you’re experiencing stress.
Stress is a part of life now more than ever. It’s easy to allow your eating patterns to get out of control when you’re stressed. You’re more likely to crave unhealthy foods or eat when you’re not even hungry. Stress and poor eating habits are strongly linked.
Use these strategies to avoid the tendency to eat poorly during stressful times:
- Keep track of your food intake. If you’re feeling stressed regularly, and many people are these days, it’s an excellent time to track your food intake. There are plenty of free apps, such as MyFitnessPal, making it very easy to keep track of your calories, macronutrients, and even exercise.
- Assess your hunger. Are you really hungry? Take an objective look at your hunger. Did you eat recently? Have you been engaged in a lot of physical activity since you last ate? Do you feel hungry, or do you have the urge to eat?
• If you’re not hungry, do your best not to eat. If you have to eat despite not genuinely needing to, try eating something healthy but has minimal calories. Lettuce, other greens, celery, broccoli, and cauliflower are a few examples of practically calorie-free foods.
- Make healthy choices. If you’re feeling stress, but it is time to have a meal, focus more than ever on eating healthy foods. It’s so easy to eat poorly during stressful times that your food selection is essential.
• Healthy foods will allow your mind and body to deal with stress more effectively. And the last thing you need is to create even more stress by eating poorly and becoming sick.
- Relieve your stress in other ways. If you don’t have a legitimate biological need to eat, it’s best not to eat. Regardless of how tough you are, it would be best if you dealt with the stress that’s pushing you to eat, or you’ll eventually fail. You’ll eventually give in if you don’t find something else to do. Some stress-relieving ideas are:
• Go for a walk.
• Read a book.
• Find a yoga class on TV and participate.
• Call someone.
• Clean your garage.
• Take a nap.
• Take a hot shower or bath.
Stress-related eating is prevalent, but that doesn’t mean you have to allow stress to affect the way you eat. Stress affects the way you feel compelled to eat, but you can choose to eat mindfully instead. Mindful eating is a way to combat stress-related eating and its adverse effects on your diet and health.
Few people eat in a manner that anyone could label as “mindfully.” Given the critical role that food plays in your health, it’s important to eat mindfully and intentionally.
The times we live in have a significant impact on social opportunities, personal finances, businesses’ health, and individual health. No one can be certain what the future holds, but there are some things you can control.
One of those things is your diet. Eating healthy foods in adequate amounts at effective times will have a massive impact on your health. One of the most effective ways to accomplish this is to eat mindfully.
Eating mindfully will teach you a lot about yourself. It will also provide the opportunity to change your eating habits positively. It can also lead to dramatic changes in your health and aid in weight loss.
Becoming mindful in all aspects of your life can significantly increase life satisfaction. Get the most from your life with mindfulness.