Are you a mindful or mindless eater?
If you struggle with weight, do you react mindlessly to you triggers for eating? For example, whenever you notice that you feel like eating, take a moment and ask yourself: “Am I hungry?”
- If the answer is yes, then are you mindful about what and how much you eat?
- If the answer is no, what is your trigger for eating?
What is Mindful Eating? Mindful eating means that you become more aware of your eating habits. It is more about how you eat than what you eat.
Examples of Mindless Eating:
- Eating until you are too full.
- Emotional eating – eating when you are bored, stressed or anxious rather than hungry
- Grazing on food without really tasting it.
- Mindlessly munching on snacks while zoned out in front of the TV.
There are strong food-feeling connections. For example, foods high in fat, sugar, and salt are tempting when you are under stress or in a bad mood.
If you are a mindless or emotional eater, try:
1. Keeping healthy snacks available to grab, such as carrot sticks, instead of potato chips.
2. Stop eating in front of the TV or computer; make it a habit to eat only at your table.
3. Putting down your fork or spoon in between bites; only put the next bite in your mouth after you have chewed and swallowed the previous bite.
4. If you are bored, take a walk or go for a drive; do something other than eating.
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