Say Yes to Mindful Eating : 21 Health Swaps for a Healthy 2021
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Practise mindful eating and put away all distractions while you eat to really understand what your body is saying to you and to appreicate how the food is nourishing it.
Mindfulness is a life changing buddhist concept.
It is a form of meditation that lets you and cope with your emotions.
Mindful eating is about using mindfulness to gather full attention towards the food you eat, your experience of the activity, cravings, and physical cues when eating.
It basically asks you to listen to your body's responses and be grateful for the small things.
How to practice it:
1. Eat slowly and immersive. No distractions- no phones, no screens, just you and the food.
2. Listen to the physical hunger cues and distinguish between non hunger triggers for eating
3. Actually look at the food , taste it slowly, understand the color, texture and flavors, the smells, sounds and the presentation.
4. Focus on how you feel about the food. Notice which feelings overpower every other emotion while you eat.
This will help you learn how to cope with guilt and anxiety about food.
5.E at fresh, freshly cooked food, on time, to maintain overall health and well-being
These things allow you to replace automatic thoughts and reactions with more conscious, healthier responses
Remember, it takes your brain up to 20 minutes to realize you’re full.
If you eat too fast, or mindlessly, the fullness signal may not arrive until you have already eaten too much.
This is very common in binge eating.
Mind fully consuming food will help you restore your attention.
It will make the act of eating an intention all one instead of being an automatic one.
It also helps increase your awareness of triggers that make you want to eat, even if you’re not necessarily hungry.
By knowing your triggers, you can create a space between them and your response, giving you the time and freedom to choose how to react.
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