Updated: Nov 26, 2019
I want to talk about your relationship with food.
If you struggle with cravings, emotional eating, or you believe that your cravings are too intense to break your snacking patterns, there is a solution.
It's called mindful eating. How do you practice mindful eating?
From the moment you decide to eat you think about what you’re actually feeling and why you want to eat.
Look at your food. Notice smells, the taste, textures and the emotions the food brings forth.
Do you have the time to sit and enjoy your food? Mindful eating doesn't happen when you're rushed.
Pay attention to your food without attaching labels, such as good or bad food.
Focus on “why and how” you are eating. Instead. of the “what “you’re eating so much.
Be fully present with food, acknowledging your desires and need.
Forget deprivation or removing certain foods or groups of foods
Notice and listen to your body’s hunger cues. As a baby you cried when hungry, ate, and stopped when you were full. Diets and fads can cause you to lose this ability. With time you can learn to tune into your body's signals.
If you normally eat when emotional and feeling stressed, hurt, or angry, then stop and ask yourself, will this food really comfort me? How could I find comfort in a healthier way?
“How” are you eating? Are you shoveling down big bites of food? Stop and slowly chew your food. Making an effort to take more bites.
Identify your body’s full signal. Learn to stop when you’re full and before you get to the stuffed and miserable stage.
Remove distractions. The tv, or computer should be turned off. Instead sit at a table and experience eating without outside stimulation.
Eat when you feel relaxed. Avoid a meal if your angry or upset. You food won’t digest properly. Also if you’re in a hurry and rushed, you can end up with cramps later or stomach distress.
Resist giving into cravings that aren’t coming from true physical hunger. Have you had enough water, because it’s easy to confuse dehydration with hunger.
Does this article have you thinking about your eating habits?
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