Mindful-Approach-to-Meals-Ascendant-Martial-ArtsWhen it comes to your martial arts training, what you do on the mats has a considerable impact on your training, competition, and fitness goals. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our training that we forget about things that happen off the mats that have an impact on our practice.

One of these factors is nutrition. Nutrition has the power to keep your training on track. It also has the potential of holding you back.

Rather than scarfing down your food while catching up on a show or scrolling through Instagram, a more mindful approach can improve the quality of your mealtimes. Here are a few ways to create a more mindful approach to meals:

1. Minimize distractions.

It’s so tempting to multi-task while we eat. However, to focus on what you’re putting into your body, as well as to take a break from screens, create a distraction-free place to eat. Set a place with a table and chairs preferably outside of the kitchen and not in front of the TV. Keep the space simple.

2. Plate your meal.

Once you’ve prepared your meal, serve up your plates in the kitchen. Leave all the pots and dishes of food in the kitchen. Once you’ve cleaned your plate, give yourself a few minutes to determine if you’re full or still hungry. If you’re still hungry, then you can go back into the kitchen for more.

3. Eat slowly.

When you eat quickly, your brain may not have time to recognize that you’re full. The result is overeating and feeling uncomfortable. If you eat slowly, your mind can keep pace with your body, and you’ll have a better signal of when you’re full.

These are just a few simple tips to get you started. If you’re interested in diving deeper into what it means to put mindful eating into practice, Precision Nutrition has compiled a few strategies to put “listening to your body” into practice.

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