Let me paint you a picture.
You’ve come home from a hard day at work. It’s late and you’re tired. You ate lunch in front of your computer (no time for a sit down meal) and you can’t be bothered cooking a proper dinner.
So, you grab a bag of chips and a packet of chocolate biscuits – Your ‘go to’ comfort food – and collapse in front of the TV to watch the latest episode of Offspring.
You only meant to have ‘a few’ chips and ‘a couple’ of biscuits, but by the end of the show you realise you’ve not only demolished both packets, but you’ve also finished off two more. Sound familiar?
If so, you are not alone. In our stressful, tech-saturated world full of iPhones, laptops and many other distractions, its little wonder ‘Mindless Eating’ is rife.
By contrast, ‘Mindful Eating’ is all about being in tune with and listening to your body.
It involves being present in the moment and fully conscious in terms of what and how much you eat.
Here are my Top Three Mindful Eating Tips:
Use all Your Senses
Be present while eating.
Take three deep breaths, then (while eating slowly), pay attention to the smell, taste, sound, texture and look of the food you are eating.
What kind of hungry are you?
Before you grab that snack, take time to mentally check in. How hungry are you on a scale of one to ten? Ask yourself if you are indeed physically hungry, or if you are ‘eye hungry’ – That is, attracted to food because it looks nice, or ‘nose hungry’ – When you are responding to the smell of the food.
When you do eat, aim to finish when you are satisfied – Not stuffed or starving.
I get it. You’ve got a lot on your plate (literally). But it’s important to make food a priority when you are eating and try not to multi task. So turn off the TV, move away from the computer and when you eat, just eat.
I am a firm believer that how you do anything is how you do everything.
The moment you become more in tune with how you eat is the moment you will become more present in all other aspects of your life.