WHAT IS MINDFUL EATING? WE CHAT TO THE MINDFUL CHEF TO FIND OUT
Posted on March 08 2017
Myles Hopper is the co-founder of Mindful Chef: The Healthy Recipe Box Company (www.mindfulchef.com). Mindful Chef delivers pre-measured ingredients and recipe cards nationwide for customers to cook up delicious, healthy dinners in under 30 minutes.
The cookbook ‘Mindful Chef: Eat Well, Live Better’, containing 70 of the most popular recipes along with their health benefits is due for release on March 23rd and is currently available for pre-order on Amazon (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mindful-Chef-Myles-Hopper-x/dp/1780896697). Pre-order your book and find out how you can enter the competition to win over £10,000 worth of health and wellness prizes here! https://www.mindfulchef.com/10k-competition
Tell us a bit about Mindful Chef – what’s the concept behind the brand? What was your journey to launching?
Mindful Chef was founded in 2015 by myself, Giles and Rob, on a mission to make healthy eating easy. The three of us grew up in Devon and wanted others to enjoy the delicious produce the West Country has to offer. On top of that we were aware that many people were compromising their diet due to working long hours or simply not having the knowledge to easily cook healthy food that also tastes delicious.
I was actually working in London as a personal trainer following a year out in Australia when Giles approached me about the idea of helping people eat healthy, great-tasting food and I thought it was a great way to be able to help people on a far wider basis than I was currently doing. From this point the three of us began dreaming up Mindful Chef and it grew from there, with our first boxes officially being shipped in April 2015.
What’s so different your approach to food and nutrition?
Our approach is actually very simple, yet incredibly effective in helping people lead a healthier life. We believe in reducing your intake of gluten and that refined sugars and refined carbohydrates should be avoided. This leads to more stable blood sugar levels, meaning that after a few weeks of mindful eating, customers tend to notice their energy levels, productivity and sleep improve. Some even tell us they feel leaner, which is great! We’re also the only recipe box in the country that offers vegan recipes(www.mindfulchef.com/recipes/vegan) alongside our meat and fish options, which really stands us apart.
Where does the inspiration for the recipes come from?
All of our recipes are created in-house by Leith’s trained Chef Louisa Mitchell, who takes inspiration from all over the world. Each recipe takes less than 30 minutes and I personally make sure all of our meals are nutritionally balanced; of course they have to pass the team's taste tests as well!
To date we have over 270 recipes that we send out in our weekly recipe boxes to customers across the country. As we never use refined carbohydrates, we don’t rely on traditional ‘fillers’ such as white pasta, white rice or bread, meaning that Louisa gets very creative with vegetables from broccoli rice to courgetti and everything in between.
Check out the upcoming menu here: www.mindfulchef.com/on-the-menu and get 25% off your first box using the code GYMTOTE25
Tell us a bit about the new Mindful Chef book – when does it launch, where can we get it, what’s in it?
Our cookbook ‘Mindful Chef: Eat Well, Live Better’, launching on March 23rd, showcases over 70 of our favourite recipes. From Asian-inspired Spicy Tom Yum chicken soup with carrot noodles to more traditional British dishes such as Lamb steak with mint sauce, parsnip mash & roasted purple carrots there is something for everyone. The book also discusses the nutritional benefits of each meal and talks about the ingredients in relation to energy levels, productivity, gut health and sleep amongst other things. It’s currently available for pre-order on Amazon [https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mindful-Chef-Myles-Hopper-x/dp/1780896697] but once released will be available in many stores such as Waterstones, Oliver Bonas and many more!
If you had to give us 5 top mindful eating tips what would they be?
- Reduce your intake of refined carbohydrates and refined sugars (e.g. white pasta, white rice etc) and instead focus on filling your plates with nutrient dense carbohydrates such as sweet potato, brown rice and quinoa.
- Increase your vegetable intake so that you are getting enough vitamins, minerals and antioxidants as well as increasing your fibre intake which helps to maintain healthy gut function.
- Cook from scratch. Many people don’t find the time to cook from scratch and as a nation we definitely don’t cook as much as we used to. This is partly because food has become so readily available with many companies offering easy, quick, fast-food solutions. We highly encourage cooking from scratch, not only does it mean your meals will be packed with nutritious, whole foods (avoiding any nasty additives) but we think it’s a valuable life skill. It’s a great escape after a long day and provides the chance to interact with your partner, housemate or children.
- Support British farmers by purchasing British produce. This is very important to us here at Mindful Chef, not only will you be eating high quality fresh produce but you’ll be reducing your food mileage at the same time, so it’s a win-win for the environment and the economy.
- Practice mindful eating. Whilst this is a broad term we can’t emphasise enough how important it is to enjoy nourishing your body through tasty, healthy food! Slow it down, take time to chew your food properly and steer clear of distractions (like your TV and phone!).
What do you eat on a typical day?
My diet varies from day to day but I often start my morning with a big bowl of oats after cycling to work. Lunch tends to be simple like an oven-baked chicken breast with brown rice and plenty of greens. Then depending on my training schedule I sometimes eat an additional meal at 11am or 3pm or I’ll snack on nuts and an apple or banana. Dinner is Mindful Chef of course!
What 5 things could you not live without?!
Well, my favourite food has to be steak. I also couldn’t live without green veg such as spinach or broccoli as they pack a real punch in terms of nutritional value and quality. I also love getting outdoors and couldn’t live without surfing, having grown up surfing along the Cornish coast. You may have guessed it, but I couldn’t live without Mindful Chef, I can’t stress enough how important it is to do something you love day in day out.