Mindful moments in real life — Grocery shopping with meaning
There are so many tasks we complete as part of our routine that we can think a little more deeply into and utilise as something that can really boost our mental health and wellbeing. My first example of this is the weekly shop. By following the little routine I’ve written for you (even once a month) can really help to change your awareness of what you’re eating and how you treat your body - all by immersing yourself in a task we usually rush through and don’t particularly enjoy.
How to shop mindfully
Allocate a couple of hours on a day when you aren’t too busy and have time to slow down and focus on this activity. Look in your cupboards and fridge and write a list of the things you need to buy. Make sure you hand write this list, as this will help you to focus more on the task and absorb the information.
Visit a shop that sells fresh fruit and vegetables you can choose yourself – preferably unpackaged and organic (see list for recommended stores) – don’t forget your reusable shopping bags! On your journey to the store, take five minutes to sit quietly before you go inside. Whether this is on the bus, in your car or as you walk – go over your list in your head and see what you can remember. Try to think of the recipes you’ve seen that you’d like to try. And think about how that food will nourish your body.
After your five-minute meditation, it’s time to go shopping. As you walk in, pay attention to the smells and the colours of the produce stacked on the shelves. Take a look at your list and begin to search for the items you need. Choosing your fruit and veg should be a mindful practice. Take your time and look at the selection available to choose the ripest, most delicious looking foods. Remember with a lot of fruits and veggies, the darker colours mean more vitamins and minerals! As you select them, appreciate how these natural foods are going to help heal your body and provide you with energy and nutrition. These humble plants deserve more recognition!
Taking care to put your produce in reusable bags and storing it carefully at home helps you to remember what you have bought – leading to less waste and encouraging you to experiment with the new items you might have purchased. Take a look online at the best ways to store certain produce to ensure prolonged shelf life and best flavour and nutrient saving methods.