I was doing so good and then, after some fruit after dinner I was craving some chocolate. I was doing good and holding off, and I gave into the craving, and had a piece of chocolate. I am a firm believer that it’s better to eat things in moderation and have a bit rather than trying to fight the craving and then going crazy and eating a ton.
This is where mindful eating comes into play. It isn’t about going cold turkey not eating something, or going so overboard on a diet that it completely consumes you. It’s about finding balance, enjoying your food and making it an experience.
So what is Mindful eating?
The main idea behind mindful eating is
choosing foods that you like and will nourish your body through using all senses.
acknowledging how we respond to food, positively and negatively.
And learning to be aware of our hunger and satiety cues on when we start and stop eating.
So how do we do this in every day life.
Make meals colorful, and an event.
Savor the smells, and the presentation on the plate. This includes when you eat home. Make your meals pleasing to the eyes.
Take a bite, put your fork down and enjoy the moment.
Compliment the meal with something good drink, alcoholic or non-alcoholic.
savor those sweets, one bite at a time.
Keep in mind those satiety cues. When you’re full stop. Wait 20- 30 minutes and see if you’re still hungry.
If you are, watch your portions and savor your bites!!
I will be honest, I have a hard time mindfully eating. I typically just shovel it in.
What do you do to slow down and enjoy your meals?