Mindful eating is a mindset that goes deeper than any diet and I think that’s a big part of how we can make healthy eating more of a lifestyle. Here are four great benefits of mindful eating.
You’ll start to enjoy food more, even though you won’t eat as much.
Take the time to really focus on each and every bite of your food you’ll get to really savor all the yumminess. Eating your favorite foods becomes an even more amazing experience when your focus is on enjoying versus just stuffing your face full of food!
You’ll choose more nourishing food.
Becoming more mindful helps you to learn to listen to your body. Your body will tell you what to eat you will be feeding it for nourishment rather than eating mindlessly. You may find that you are eating more fruits and vegetables for the great natural flavors and textures but you’ll notice that after eating a nutritious meal your body and mind will feel better. Of course you can still have your treats, but they’ll be conscious choices rather than “cheats.”
Kick those unhealthy food relationships to the curb.
It kills me with the listing of “good” and “bad” foods. If you want to be healthy there is this entire section of foods we shouldn’t eat. The “diet mindset” is all about restricting yourself to lose weight and it’s something that leaves you feeling like you’re missing out. It’s funny as soon as someone says you can’t have something you want it more than life itself. Sorry having a ton of “rules” around food is not something you can turn into real lifestyle changes.
Mindful eating isn’t about restricting yourself. It’s not about leaving the table hungry, avoiding carbs, eating in every night, or not eating after a certain hour. It’s about eating when you’re hungry, stopping when you’re not, and taking the time to eat each bite of your food and listening to what your body is telling you.
You can lose weight!
One of the main reasons why folks don’t lose weight that we all fall for these get skinny quick. If we aren’t losing 20 pounds a minute we’re pissed! The diet sucks I give up and we storm off like a 2 year old.
This is a big one for a lot of people. Mastering mindful eating will keep you from most people look into mindful eating because they want to lose weight but don’t want to count calories or deprive themselves of their favorite foods. When you start to eat mindfully losing weight becomes effortless as you’ll stop overeating and snacking mindlessly.
When you eat more slowly and take a break between bites you’ll feel when you’re not hungry rather than just eating until you’re stuffed. One of the best suggestions I can give you is to but down your utensils between every bite.
I am a recovering nibbler. Being more mindful has helped me tremendously. Have you ever made a bowl of popcorn or grabbed a bag of chips before sitting down to watch TV’ It’s full one minute and empty the next! You weren’t thinking about the food as you ate it so you didn’t realize exactly how much you were eating. That’s what mindful eating aims to stop.