Mindful eating is the opposite of emotional eating. Emotional eating is when you are most likely to turn to food to comfort you in times of stress, depression, boredom, or any other emotion.
Mindful eating is when a person has learned and practiced listening to their body and becoming more aware of it.
Mindful eating can help people who are emotional eaters in many ways. It can help them slow down and think before they eat, t can help them change their mentality about food and the body, and it can help with weight loss.
If you are a mindful eater or want to become one, here are a few short practices you can implement starting today.
1.) Before each meal, snack, or dessert, ask yourself if you are hungry.
- If you aren’t hungry but have the urge to eat, ask yourself why that is.
2.) Take a deep breath before each bite of food.
- Breathing is part of the digestive process
3.) Chew your food and savor the flavors you get to taste. ( don’t just swallow your food whole)
- Digestion starts in the mouth when the enzymes in our saliva start to break down food. It is an important step and should not be skipped. Also, noticing and enjoying the food you eat is always nice!
4.) Don’t re load your fork/spoon with food until you have fully swallowed the last bite and taken a deep breath.
- I was the person who always had the next bite of food ready to go on my fork and I hadn’t even swallowed what was already in my mouth. Eating isn’t a race, it is meant to be enjoyed and done slowly.
Whether you are an emotional eater or not, there are many benefits to adapting some or all of the above mindful eating habits.
If you have further questions about mindful eating, emotional eating, or weight loss, Please fill out the contact form so I can reach out to you personally and assist you.
Meaghan is a Health Coach and Personal Trainer who works with men and women who are problematic eaters and yo-yo dieters.