This Is How To Turn Mindless Eating Into Mindful Weight Loss.
It’s 9:00 PM and the kids are in bed, you FINALLY have some time to yourself, and the crave bears are calling you for a little treat. You hop over to the kitchen and grab something quick before the commercial is over on TV. By the time your favorite episode ends, you find that you finished off an entire bag of potato chips. You just suffered from a case of Mindless Eating.
Stress, habits, and busy schedules… These are all too common reasons that we eat the wrong things, too much, and at the wrong times. Mindless eating strikes every day.
A recent hot topic in weight loss is mindful eating. That’s the opposite of mindless eating. This is important considering we live in an on-the-go society with little time to think about what we are putting in our mouths or plan for meals ahead of time.
So what is mindful eating? Believe it or not, it’s pretty simple. It’s just paying attention to your body’s desires, needs, and the experience of eating. Mindful eating turns an experience of eating without paying attention into an experience of really being in the moment of what you’re doing.
By doing this, you will actually eat less, eat healthier, and may lose weight.
So how do you do this? Here are 5 secrets to eating mindfully:
1. Love Your Body
If you don’t care about yourself, how can you make any improvement? The first thing you need to do is love your body. No matter how much you want to change, you need to love what you have first. THEN you make improvements, like losing weight or toning the backs of your arms that you think could use a little help. The more you love your body, the better care you will take of it.
2. Pay Attention To Yourself
Your belly rumbles for a reason. If you aren’t keeping up with what it needs, it’s going to let you know. Ignoring it will only make things worse: slower metabolism in fact. Also, don’t confuse thirst with hunger. Think about how much water you have had each time you think you’re hungry. You should be drinking at least 6-8 glasses of water a day. While you’re eating, pay attention to whether or not you’re satisfied. Otherwise, you will just overeat and regret it, and that’s not worth it!
3. Practice Acceptance
Are you majorly craving some chocolate right now? Have some. Just don’t go crazy with it. Accept that you really love chocolate. It doesn’t mean you have to eat an entire bar. Have a small square and savor it. If you satisfy your cravings this way, you’ll be less likely to binge on a lot of it and regret it.
4. Eat And Only Eat
Don’t do anything else. I know it’s hard to do when we feel like we have so many other things we could be doing. Work can wait. Take that lunch break and get away from your computer screen. Stop emailing. Get off the phone. You’ll end up eating less.
5. Make Time
Just like #4, other things can wait. Even if you’re driving, pull over for a few minutes and pay attention to what you’re about to eat, whether or not it tastes great or if you shouldn’t order it again. Mealtime should be mealtime. Make time for it.
6. Focus On What’s In Front Of You
Appreciate what you have. Does it look like something that will benefit you? Like a really colorful salad? Imagine its nutrients running through your blood stream and repairing cells in your body. Or… does it look disappointing? Like a box of “browns,” fries, chicken tenders, and a biscuit? Imagine the grease giving you indigestion, the fat clinging to your body, and the tired feeling you will have afterward.
I encourage you to take a step back in your busy day, and try this out. I think you’ll find that you’ll feel more alive, more eager to take care of yourself, and be confident that you can make a positive change in your life.
Hope this helps, ladies!!