Eating is something that we have to do in order to survive. However, have you ever practiced mindful eating? Unfortunately, we have taken eating to another level! We no longer eat for survival and function. Now, we eat to feel better, relieve stress, feel better about ourselves and deal with boredom! Ouch! How do we deal with all of this? This is where mindful eating comes into play. Shall we talk about how to practice mindful eating?
What is Mindful Eating?
Mindful eating is the art of eating food consciously. Instead of scoffing down a bowl of Life (one of my favorite cereals growing up :)), spoonfuls of peanut butter or a hamburger without even thinking about, mindful eating focuses on what you eat, when you eat and how you eat.
What you Eat?
Mindful eating involves eating healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, lean meat, fish, poultry and drinking healthy beverages like water. If you can afford it, grass fed, wildly caught and organic should be the make up of all your food.
When You Eat?
In mindful eating, you typically eat your three main meals, but, the environment you eat it in is key. For example, reading or watching TV can be too distracting as it keeps you from focusing in on your food. Try not to eat when you are stressed to avoid overeating.
How You Eat?
This is key with mindful eating. Mindful eating involves eating slowly, trying to taste each bite of food and putting the utensil(s) down after every bite. Each meal should take you, on average, 10-15 minutes to finish. How you determine when you are done eating is not based upon when all of the food is gone, but, rather when you are about 80% full.
Who Should Practice Mindful Eating?
Anyone who wants to lose weight or just in general anyone who wants to be healthier should practice this.
Mindful eating is a great way to focus on eating the right foods at the right time. We, at Move Well Fitness in Bethesda, believe in this and we hope that you now do too!
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