The Mindful Approach

What is Mindful Eating?

What is Mindful Eating? We’re surrounded by tempting food choices, distractions from smartphones, computers and the television. Some might have more time than usual and may reach for the cupboard simply out of boredom. There’s no wonder we are becoming a nation of mindless eaters who chow down in a flash.

In our recent survey, a whopping 77% of people said they didn’t pay full attention to what they eat., we call this mindless eating. What’s more remarkable is that in the same survey 70% of people admitted that when they do focus on what they eat, they enjoy it more! So there are benefits to mindful eating!

 

Steps to become a Mindful Eater and gain back control

Mindful Eating

Midful Eating

Step 1) Eat slowly without distractions

(did you know it takes the brain up to 20 minutes to register that your stomach is full)

 

Smell your Food

Step 2) Engage your senses by thinking about each mouthful.

(Really consider taste, colour, smell and texture of the food and remember to chew slowly)

Water Cue

Step 3) Listen to physical hunger cues

(you might just be thirsty so remember to drink plenty of water, at least 2 litres a day)

Mindful Eating Salad

Step 4) When a feeling of fullness starts, stop eating.

(It’s ok to leave food on your plate)

Check out our other blog regarding your Hungar Gauge

https://lighterlife.ie/blog/2017/05/17/the-hunger-gauge/

 

Mindful Eating Sweet Craving

Step 5) Distinguish between actual hunger as opposed to non-hunger triggers

(86% of people say that they eat out of boredom)

Mindful Eating Doughnuts

Step 6) Identify the effects food has on your feelings.

(If you are feeling low do you crave sugary food?)

Mindfulness and Mindful Eating is a powerful tool to regain control of your eating habits and behaviours. It doesn’t just have to be a temporary change in your life, instead make it a brand-new lifestyle choice to maintain your dream weight!