It’s so easy anyone can do it. It doesn’t require the discipline of a Spartan warrior. It just requires following a few simple rules…
Have you ever eaten a snack whilst being distracted? Perhaps you’ve watched a favourite TV program whilst eating? Been so engrossed in the TV that you’ve not realised you’ve actually eaten?
After a while the penny drops – “what’s happened to my snack, did I eat it? I think I did!”
How disappointing is that?! Your snack has gone and you didn’t even enjoy it. Not only that, your body consumed the calories, yet you gained little enjoyment. “Hmm, I think I’ll get another…”
The problem in this example is obvious. You’ve consumed the snack without enjoying it. This leaves you unfulfilled and wanting more. This massively increases your chances eating another. Even if it’s not right away, and not the same snack, you are way more likely to eat again.
You are unfulfilled, so your mind will yearn for more. And as we all know, more food equals more calories, which equals more weight gain.
What can you do about this? The answer is – Mindful eating…
What is mindful eating?
No guilt or denying what you’re eating. Instead fully immerse yourself in the food. Leaving you satisfied at the end of it. This stops you wanting more.
How do I mindfully eat?
Mindful eating is simple to do. Here’s a simple break down…
Remove ALL distractions. No TV, music, computers, phones etc. whilst you eat.
Take a good look at the food before you start eating. Imagine what it will taste like. What it will feel like in your mouth.
Smell the food and get your mouth ready for a taste bud extravaganza!
Now eat. But take your time. Really take your time and eat as slowly as you can. Chew slowly and deliberately.
Focus on the taste, the texture. Everything about it that you can. Think about aqll the flavours you can taste.
If you think that you have the habit of not eating mindfully, then I would urge you to give this a go. Enjoy your food more and watch the weight fly off. Be mindful and honest about what you eat. If you’re going to eat something, then you might as well enjoy it to the max. It really is possible to get the best of both worlds if you try!