Mindfulness & Mindful Eating

Mindfulness & Mindful Eating

Mindfulness – we have heard the word thrown around a lot in recent times. So, what exactly is mindfulness and how can we incorporate it into our everyday lives, particularly when it comes to eating?

Mindfulness is defined as “the practice of maintaining a non-judgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary). Mindfulness ultimately encourages us to be less reactive and more responsive, whereby we can cultivate a sense of space and respond to cues. Mindfulness gives us a chance to pause and assess our options. It fundamentally opens space for choice. Mindfulness is also about reserving judgement and fostering curiosity and compassion.

To take it a step further, we can extend the practice and concepts of Mindfulness to Mindful Eating. Mindful Eating is defined by the Centre for Mindful Eating as, “allowing yourself to become aware of the positive and nurturing opportunities that are available through food selection and preparation by respecting your own inner wisdom. By using all your senses in choosing to eat food that is both satisfying to you and nourishing to your body, acknowledging your responses to food (likes, dislikes or neutral) without judgement, and becoming aware of physical hunger and satiety cues to guide your decisions.”

Contrary to popular belief, Mindful Eating is not another ‘tool’ to control, fix or avoid food/eating and is by no means a ‘dieting strategy’. Mindful Eating is rather a way to build awareness of your thoughts, feelings and physical sensations related to eating. Try to think about mindful eating as a way to minimise distractions, for example phones, tablets, TV, radio. A good place to start Mindful Eating practice is by listening to this wonderful podcast which delves much deeper into the concepts of mindful eating principles: click here

Further reading:
– The Mindful Dietitian
– The Centre for Mindful Eating

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In 2004, Gen McGlashan and Libby Oldfield founded Fitwise Physiotherapy. They first met in 1994.  Libby was Gen’s physio when she had her first child. Gen then worked for Libby for 10 years in Libby’s previous business, located at the Epworth Freemasons Maternity Unit in East Melbourne. They have been a team working together for a very long time!!

Libby and Gen have always had a passion for empowering women, by helping provide accurate evidence based information and treatment to help women live their best lives. Excellence in all that they do, practising and operating in an innovative way has always been their core. Fitwise was the first multi-practitioner practice providing Women’s Health physiotherapy consultations, exercise classes and clinical pilates in Melbourne.

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In February 2005 Gen and Libby moved their one room practice to Albert St East Melbourne. They had expanded to 2 treatment rooms, an exercise studio and a pilates studio with a small team of physiotherapists and one receptionist. This was exciting as they wanted to be able to help more people and to grow their team – enabling their other passion: teaching and mentoring clinicians who also wanted to work within the Women’s, Men’s and Pelvic Health arena.

5 years later, they expanded their East Melbourne clinic and in 2015 opened their second clinic in Armadale.

Remedial Massage, Myotherapy and Dietetics have been an exciting addition in recent years, with Podiatry and Exercise Physiology being added in 2022.

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