Distractions, an abundance of food choices, and our fast-paced lifestyle have led to most meals being a mindless act that we often rush to get through. By eating too fast, your brain doesn’t have a chance to signal that your stomach is full before it’s too late. Mindful eating brings your attention back to your meal and your body’s hunger cues.
Things you can do to eat more mindfully:
- Eat slowly and don’t rush through your meals
- If it helps, write down the times you plan to eat your meals each day based on your schedule/ routine.
- Chew your food
o Not only does this give your body time to process that you
- are eating, it allows for your body to absorb the nutrients
- your food provides more easily and aids with digestion.
- Eliminate distractions.
- Turn off the tv and put your phone on airplane mode/ silent.
- Stop eating when you’re full
o Don’t worry if you “still have a food left on your plate”- just give yourself smaller portions the next time you eat and grab seconds if needed.
- Try picking one meal a day where you can implement these habits. Once you get the hang of it, you can apply these things to more meals.