Yesterday it was event time. Mindfulness and nutrition are two things that fascinate me and when Ross approached me about his event “Increase the Peace” and welcomed me to come I knew this was something I wanted to go to. I’ve never had the chance to hear him speak before so I was excited to see him doing what he does best.
There was an incredible mix of people that took part and Ross had such a great turnout despite it being 9am on a Saturday morning (says something about what he does). I’m an early riser but it’s perhaps not everyone’s cup of tea to get up earlyish on the weekend 😛
Susie who I know from before was one of the winners of my competition and it was really nice to see her and hear what she’s been up to. She recently qualified to be a PT and is also doing nut milks for the Glaswegian based company All About Juice. On top of that she’s a former professional golfer and is currently acting loads. Pretty amazing lady and very busy! Check her out on Instagram (click). Then of course Faye was there too to support her other half. What a power couple they are! Ross with his speaking and her with Coconut & Kale.
During the event Ross spoke about how nutrition can affect our mindset and wellbeing. One interesting thing I learnt was how the gut flora can affect your brain activity.
He also shared some very insightful thoughts about meditation. Whenever I’m in a yoga class and meditating I really struggle with my mind drifting and sometimes got a bit frustrated that I couldn’t stay present. Ross addressed this at his talk and said it’s completely normal and the best thing to is to think”oh well” and let the thought go instead of getting flustered (very counteractive if you think about it haha). The next thing he used was the metaphor of playing football and said practising football is when you meditate, you train to improve and get better at it. If you don’t practice you can’t get better. Life is the football game, meditation can help you be a better person in life whether it is being happier, approaching things with more clarity or anything else.
We also went through mindful eating and how we should really try and take the time out of our busy lives and sit down and properly enjoy and chew our food. He said in average we take about seven bites of our food or sometimes even less. I know I’m guilty of not chewing my food properly but from now on I’m going to make a more conscious effort of not swallowing my food half chewed. We’ll see how it goes. Whilst speaking about mindful eating we got served some delicious little nibbles, a vegan blueberry banana scone and peanut blondie. My favourite was hands down the blueberry banana one. It was really tasty.
It was an incredible way to start the weekend with this event! Thank you Ross for inviting me to take part.