Wellness & Fitness

The simple art of being aware and in the moment is first step to healthy living


The simple art of being aware and in the moment is the first step to healthy living. PHOTO | POOL

One time I sat through a health and fitness talk with a panel of international speakers along with some of our very specialists — a taichi instructor, a cross-fit instructor, a homoeopathic doctor and a nutritionist.

The common argument that reverberated with each was mindfulness and it is the first step to a healthy lifestyle.

Mindfulness is the simple art of being aware and in the moment.

It is tuning the mind into the present and maintaining moment-to-moment awareness of your thought, feelings, bodily environment and the environment around you.

I guess you can call it being ‘woke’.

Eat Mindfully

Being intentional right from when you go grocery shopping to when that meal hits your plate.

Thinking through your purchases. How many tomatoes do I need? How many rice dishes will we do? What do I want to create with this? Do I need this or is it an impulsive buy?

Be intentional when you cook or when you choose from the menu.

If you want to be healthy, you need to eat more veggies than anything else. Half your plate to be exact.

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Get into the kitchen and cook with the only goal being to create something that leaves your taste buds bursting with flavours. You’ll be glad you did and so will your people.

Be intentional when you eat. How much is too much? When serving, listen to your body like you would a fuel gauge on your motor gari when driving a long distance.

How hungry am I? It will tell you. Enjoy your meal. Be comfortable. No one enjoys their meal when they are moving around. It will get the job done but you won’t enjoy it.

Drink Mindfully

People, it’s not news that in this country binge drinking and alcohol dependency are at an all-time high.

Everyone is drinking alcohol. Laymen and clerics, women and men, university students and high school children.

That’s a big chunk of the population. Statistically speaking, four out of 100 deaths in Kenya are caused by alcohol-related disorders. Maybe it’s time we do it differently.

Your relationship with alcohol doesn’t need to be a love-hate one. You can drink, have fun and not ruin your and everyone’s night.

Don’t be that guy or girl. When you drink mindfully, you pace yourself and hydrate while you are at it. Ask and listen to how your body and mind feel.

Move Mindfully

Don’t forget to move your body. Dance, and play with the children and the grandchildren. Play with your wife and your husband.

Play with your friends. By play, I don’t mean video games and Nintendo. Go out into the sun, into the rain. Run up those stairs.

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Walk to church or where you go to worship and walk for pizza or the movies after. Swim. Real swimming. Not splashing water around just so you don’t get the hair or the beard wet.

Socialise Mindfully

Make time for the people you love and who love you. Make time for family.

Science has proven over and over that the happiest people and those who live the longest are always connected to family and friends.

We all need that vitamin love to thrive.

Stay away from people who vex you and from people who know you shouldn’t be around. No need for that drama.

Go to church, mosque or temple at least once. Go and see what changed while you were away.

Tamiru is a nutritionist and dietician