10 Tips for Mindful Eating and Easier Weight Loss
Mindful eating is a powerful thing! Unfortunately, mindless eating is the norm.
We've all done it ... eaten something on the run without taking the time to enjoy it or even consciously realize that we are eating.
Or eaten an entire tub of ice cream while sitting in front of the tv. And let's not get started on all of those potato chips.
For me, the object of my mindless eating was chips and dips. I cringe to think about how many calories a day I used to mindlessly eat.
Studies have shown that distracted eaters weigh an average of 18% more than mindful eaters.
Below are 10 tips to get you on the path to mindful eating. We cover these tips more in depth, along with other mindful eating methodologies in my program, TOTAL BODY CONFIDENCE METHOD.
1. Focus on the Food, Not the Distractions.
When we focus on the food, our brain becomes more satiated. Turn off the TV, put down your cell phone and get away from that computer to maximize your eating pleasure.
2. Engage all Your Senses While You Eat.
Use all your senses (including common sense). Look at the food. Smell the food. Feel the texture of the food. Taste the food. And listen to the sounds it makes as you eat it. Be curious as to all the details and be in the moment.
3. Put Your Fork Down After Every Single Bite.
No need to be in a hurry. Slow down and enjoy every bite, no one is chasing you. Putting your fork down between bites will definitely slow you down.
4. Eat with Chopsticks or Your Non-Dominant Hand.
Need more help slowing down? Then try eating with chopsticks or your "other" hand. But please, put a napkin on your lap, on your top, and everywhere else. I don't want to be responsible for ruining your clothing. This can be a very amusing dinner for others to watch. LOL.
5. Save the Very Best Bite for Last!
Your final bite should be one that creates an absolute food orgasm. Pick it in advance. Strategically place it on your plate and ceremoniously eat it to mark the end of another great meal.
6. Sit Down While Eating Every Single Meal.
Sit. Stay. Eat. And I don't mean in the car. Stop multitasking your life. You deserve a peaceful time to eat and to enjoy your food. Give yourself that small gift, even if it's only 15 minutes. Remember, food is your fuel. So enjoy it.
7. Eat on Small and Pretty Plates.
Plates have grown and grown over the decades and this has led to portion distortion. Eating off a smaller plate will help control portions and trick your mind into thinking you ate more than you did.
8. Go for 80% Full When Eating Each Meal.
Being stuffed (think all-you-can-eat buffet type stuffed) is extremely uncomfortable. It takes your stomach 20 minutes to tell your brain it's full, so give it time and space. Shoot for 80% full. OR get your own Metabolic Balance Plan, then you will know exactly what to eat and how much of it.
9. Chew Each Bite 20-30 Times.
There are several good reasons for this one, including avoiding choking which would suck. This practice slows you down and helps you enjoy what you're eating. It can take practice. Give it a go. Remember that digestion starts in the mouth, so get it started properly.
10. Lick Your Ice Cream Instead of Using a Spoon.
And drink your soup instead of using a spoon, too. Our taste buds light up more when food is placed directly on our tongue rather than having a spoon as the middleman. Don't believe me? Try it. You'll agree.
So there you have it. Ten easy ways to begin mindful eating.
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By Zita Dixon - Nutritionist, Metabolic Balance Practitioner, NLP and Health Coach