Mindful eating, for us, means simply being aware of what is behind the food we consume – and discard. Being mindful, without stressing out, about the impact our food choices have on the environment, our health, society, and even on our wallets.
We believe that small but constant efforts by many, are a viable way to make a big change improving our whole food system.
And we all have different needs, preferences, and priorities, so we would like to hear
what mindful eating means to you.
We love eating out and exploring delicious ethical, environmental friendly, and healthy cafes and restaurants. And we love to cook too, being in full control of what goes into our plates and knowing where things are coming from... sometimes from our own gardens, even when living in a small apartment!
When we find a good recipe to save food or feel better in any way, we share the story on our blog. You're welcome to share your mindful eating thoughts and recipes on our blog too! Just reach out through email or social.
Being mindful encompasses all different levels of sustainability, because our wellbeing depends on our relationship with our own bodies, our society, and our planet. So we take the broad definition of sustainability by the United Nations for the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals:
Peace and prosperity for people and the planet,
now and into the future.
You'd be surprised of how important are our local cafes and restaurants to help us achieve our sustainable development goals! They play a big role on our health through the way they feed us, they employ an important percentage of people in our communities, they give us a place to connect with family, friends, colleagues, and everyone we share those food moments with... And they are change-drivers when promoting trends and habits, like reusing with BYO campaigns, eating more earth friendly, or supporting people in need.
All sustainable efforts accounted in the SDGs and in mindful eatups fit in three main categories: Environment, health, and social good.
A food business qualifies as environmental, if it genuinely cares about the planet and proves this with actions and efforts to fight climate change and protect our resources and biodiversity.
There are a wide range of sustainable practices that businesses can take to be more environmental and reduce emissions. For example, sourcing sustainably (organic, regenerative, local or urban farming); prioritising low-impact produce like plants, mushrooms, seaweed and some shell-fish over animal products, especially ruminants; minimising single-use and promoting reusables, also inside the kitchen; minimising food waste; offsetting footprint of green-house-gasses; being energy and water efficient; opting for renewable energy…
Every single action counts and continuous improvements rewarded.
Do they feed you as they'd feed their own kids?
General health recommendations are prioritising whole ingredients over highly processed foods, plants and fungi over animal products, and low or good oils over saturated fats. A limited use of refined sugars and sodium, as well as mindful sizes that will not push you to overeat are also good ways to stay healthy.
It's important to do our own research and visit a doctor or certified nutritionist before making big changes on our diet. And trust scientific agreement as opposed to following trendy diets or strong marketing messages like “superfoods” or “free of…”. Instead, we encourage more transparency and clear information about ingredients, sources of food, and methods of farming and cooking.
We are working on the first verification system for authenticity of sustainable cafes and restaurants.
As a foodie, you will be able to find places that you can trust match your values.
Sign up to mindful eatups updates to know when the information is available and get invited as an early bird to join our trials.
As a business, you can help foodies see your efforts and help them pick you for their next delicious and sustainable meal. Find out more about becoming verified.
Explore and contribute to the mindful eating guide that shows you food recommendations of restaurants and cafes near you, based on three major sustainable goals: environmental, healthy options, and social good.
Add your own recommendations to help other mindful foodies find the most sustainable places. Share your #mindfuleatups through Insta or Face by tagging @mindfuleatups and we'll check the categories, do some research, and add them to the guide.
Be the first to get mindful deals! by signing up to eatups news & updates.
Join the mindful eating movement!