Are You Eating Your Food Mindlessly Everyday?
We live in a fast-paced world where eating has become mindless. We eat on the run, at our desk while we’re working, in the car, and in front of the TV screen. The result is that we consume much more than we need, often without realizing it or being able to truly enjoy what we’re eating.
Counter this tendency by practicing “mindful” eating: pay attention to what you eat, savor each bite, and choose foods that are both nourishing and enjoyable. Mindful eating will help you lose weight and maintain your results.
Combat Mindless Eating with C.H.E.W.S:
•CHEW your food thoroughly ~ Try chewing each bite 20-30 times before swallowing. You’ll prolong the experience and give yourself more time to enjoy and savor each bite.
•Handicap your way of eating and try mixing things up ~ To force yourself to focus on the experience of eating. Try using chopsticks rather than a fork, or use your utensils with your non-dominant hand.
•EAT your food slowly~ Eat slowly, savoring the smells and textures of your food. If your mind wanders, gently return your attention to your food and how it tastes and feels in your mouth. Pay attention to what you are eating, and be aware of your environment.
• Wrestle those eating distractions ~ Try not to eat while working, watching TV, reading, using a computer, or driving. It’s too easy to mindlessly overeat.
•STOP eating before you are full ~ It takes time for the signal to reach your brain that you’ve had enough. Avoid the temptation to clean your plate. Yes, there are children starving in Africa, but your weight gain won’t help them.