Zen Anti-Diet Basics
The Zen Anti-Diet is based on the idea that diets do not work as a long term solution to weight loss. Instead of looking outside ourselves for answers, we need to learn to turn our attention inwards and carefully listen to the messages from our bodies. It is about learning to pay attention to your body and the way that food affects your body and mind.
When you increase the awareness of the connection between your body and mind this will automatically allow you to pay attention to what you are eating. By learning to replace unhealthy habits with mindful eating habits and a positive attitude you will then start to create a healthy lifestyle that will allow you to reach your ideal weight.
Some of the practical tips of the Zen Anti-Diet include enjoy eating and savor food slowly so that the body has time to send the message when it has had enough. Avoid eating while driving or watching TV and always eat in a peaceful environment. Chewing for a long time is recommended because it increases our ability to absorb the nutrients from foods. Small frequent meals are preferred because this is much easier on our digestive system and helps to reduce appetite, stabilize blood sugar levels and boost metabolism.
A major focus of the Zen Anti-Diet is to avoid processed foods. People need to change their relationship with food to one that is more focused on avoiding foods that could be potentially harmful. Harmful foods include those that are filled with pesticides, chemicals and additives. By avoiding these types of food, one bypasses a great many potential health problems.
The importance of exercise is central for its ability to increase metabolism. It helps to think of exercise as ‘movement’ because many people are anxious about the idea of exercise.