Mindful Eating

Simple Rules

If there is no judgment in mindfulness, does that mean eat anything we feel like?  That’s up to you.  How’s it going to make you feel when you eat it?  Are you eating it because you’re hungry? Are you eating it to satisfy an emotion or is it to fuel your body? The answer, in this case, is probably no.

Have you ever started out eating something you thought was delicious, and were really enjoying it, then all of a sudden, it was gone.  You don’t know what happened to it.  You got sidetracked and then, it was gone.  You just ate 3/4 of a banana split while watching a movie and don’t even remember it.  That is mindless eating.  You started out okay, but something happened.

Do you have those mornings where everything’s going wrong and you feel the urge to eat?  Not because you’re hungry, you’re looking for the food to fix something for you, make you feel more in control of something. Eating like this is mindless, you’re doing it to find comfort.

Cathy Sykora

Cathy Sykora

Founder, The Health Coach Group

Cathy helps health coaches build and maintain successful businesses that improve the lives of others.

How to Eat Mindfully

It’s not that difficult.  You just need to remember and make an effort.

  1. Ask yourself “am I hungry?” before eating, if not, wait.
  2. Eat at a clean table.
  3. Plan your meals to be healthy and design them to fill your bodies needs.
  4. Don’t eat and watch tv, work on your computer, or read the paper or a book.
  5. Where do you feel hunger? Feel the sensation of hunger.
  6. Pay attention to the act of eating, chew and feel your food, the texture, and the weight. Listen to the sound while you chew. Swallow, and taste the food.
  7. Where and when do you feel satisfied?
  8. Stop eating when you feel full.
  9. How do you feel when you’re finished eating?
  10. Eat foods you enjoy.
  11. Slow down and allow yourself to enjoy and experience your meal.  This will help to digest it too.

Eating can be associated with so much guilt that it’s hard to find a way to get pleasure from eating.  People have become so intent on eating foods they consider healthy that they eat food that does not appeal to them and in fact, find unappealing at best. It’s okay to enjoy your meals.

What are some mindless things you do when eating?  Celebrate and share your mindful eating with us in the comments below.


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