We all get so caught up in the day-to-day tasks required of our lives that it’s really easy to mindlessly eat. Multitasking is a side of effect of our busy lives, but it’s wreaking havoc on our diets. How many times have you chosen the easy ‘grab and go’, which typically isn’t the healthiest choice? Or, maybe you did pick the healthy choice but you’re not paying attention to the taste? It happens to so many of us, but we’re here to tell you to stop. Stop multitasking your health away.
When you slow down and enjoy your food, a.k.a., mindful eating, you get to savor the taste, experience the texture, smell the goodness, and often are far better clued into your hunger, and feel much more satiated. All of these senses make a big difference when you eat for a healthier you.
Below are some tips on eating mindfully:
Eat a balanced diet. Not only will you be providing your body with all the essential vitamins and nutrients but it can make your meal much more satisfying.
Plan your meals in a timely manner. Eating around every four hours will help you keep track of when you last ate and therefore will make you mindful of your hunger cues. If you’re hungry, eat, if you’re not, wait until your body tells you you are.
Turn off and put down all distractions. That means no television, computer or Facebook. Engage in YOUR life during your meal. Paying attention to your meal will create greater enjoyment of your food, and more awareness of your hunger cues.
Keep in mind, mindful eating will not happen overnight. Set your goal, and don’t be too hard on yourself if you fail. Like just about everything in life, practice makes perfect.
Natatia would love to speak with you about setting your nutritional goals. She’ll take an in depth look at your daily nutrition requirements and formulate a plan that works for you. Contact her to begin a conversation about your nutrition needs.
I'm Natatia Gemmell.