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Mindful eating with Ingrid Pistono

Mindful eating with Ingrid Pistono

"Our ancestors evolved into the human species by consuming large amounts of omega-3s, which are present in EVOO".

Have you heard about the mindful eating? Today we talk to Ingrid Pistono to find out more about the relationship between certain foods and our emotional system. Ingrid is a psychologist with a degree from the University of Oviedo, Master in Psychotherapy of Emotional Wellbeing and Master in Executive Coaching, with online consultation, specialising in self-esteem, anxiety, stress, emotional eating and personal crises of any kind. She is the creator and author of the book Mindfulbeauty Methodhow to shine on the inside to dazzle on the outside.
Ingrid says food is key to a happy life, but do we know why?

1.What is the basis of a solid self-esteem?

Our self-esteem is built on two pillars: on the one hand, our own personal history and the messages we have been given about who we are, based on the beliefs and expectations of those around us. On the other, our own ability to accept ourselves or not, to appreciate our strengths and try to minimise the aspects that we feel do not benefit us.

2. What are the most common habits that damage it?

Believing all the messages that reach us without assuming that many times the sender does not know, has his or her own beliefs or is only trying to attack us. We may receive negative comments from family and friends, have felt ridiculed on occasion, have grown up in an uncomfortable environment or with a lack of support and affection from those closest to us.


3. What role does food play in our self-esteem?

We are what we eat, and depending on the nutrients we ingest we have more or less energy, which influences our mood and our motivation. There are foods that do not provide anything nutritionally but which are also difficult to digest, which also influences our mood and whether we are more or less uncomfortable, bloated or tired.

What is emotional eating? What is the link between psychology and nutrition?

On many occasions we do not eat out of hunger, but with the intention of calming an emotion that we do not like. It may be anxiety, fear, sadness or frustration that we try to manage by eating. It is a learned response to situations that make us uncomfortable.

5. Why do we resort to certain foods depending on our mood?

When we eat in response to a situation that bothers us or a bad mood, we usually turn to foods high in sugars and fats because we feel fuller. It is common to consume junk food in situations of worry, anxiety or stress.


6. What is the mindful eatingWhy is it so important?

Mindful eating is to eat consciously, to take the autopilot off and enjoy the moment of eating as a complete experience of flavours, smells and textures. It is observing the different sensations involved in the process of eating and enjoying all that it entails. It is taking care of where we eat, how we eat and what we eat.

7. What foods alter our mood?

There are many foods that can influence our mood, depending also on the amount of food we eat.

Alcohol calms us down, disinhibits us, or leads us to a state of irresponsibility, depending on our character and our physical and endurance capacity.

Coffee is a stimulant and as such can make you more awake, active and motivated at a given moment or, on the other hand, in inadequate doses or depending on the time of day it is consumed, it can cause insomnia, with the negative consequences of not getting enough rest.

Very sweet foods produce a spike in blood glucose but also a rapid drop in blood glucose, which causes us to secrete adrenaline and cortisol, hormones that influence our mood and, if levels are maintained over time, can cause anxiety and stress.

In general, foods rich in refined sugar, industrial baked goods, fast food, fried and processed foods are not conducive to feeling good physically or emotionally.


8. Healthy fats have been demonised for years by the diet culture, how important is the relationship with certain macronutrients such as fats?

For a while, it was believed that all fats were bad and influenced cholesterol levels, so they were widely demonised.

It was also due to ignorance that all fats were believed to be bad, that they did not provide us with anything nutritionally and that all they did was make us fat.

9. What is the role of healthy fats and why should we lose our fear of them?

You don't have to be an expert to know that healthy fats are one of the best fuels we can give our bodies. They are beneficial for the whole body, including the brain.

Our ancestors evolved into the human species by consuming large amounts of omega-3s, which are contained in fish and EVOO, among other foods.


10. What three tips would you give to lose the fear of fats such as EVOO?

The first of all is to find out about its nutritional benefits, how it improves our intestinal transit, the advantages of having a well-lubricated brain and which oil has the best properties.

The second thing is to sit and savour: to make an exercise of mindful eatingObserve the colour, the texture, let it rest in the mouth, notice the nuances of taste and smell. Learn to enjoy this liquid gold and know how to distinguish varieties and qualities, for the pure pleasure of our senses.

Finally, shop like a chemist and cook with the best fuel in mind to maintain an active body and a motivated mind. Contrary to popular belief, the body deflates, lightens and we will feel much better than if we focus on counting calories.


We hope you liked it, thank you Ingrid!

We will pay special attention to each meal and we will certainly include EVOO.

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