As a Health Coach, I often get asked: “What should I do to lose weight?” For most people just starting their journey, the easiest thing to do is to becoming mindfulness. However, can being mindful really help you lose weight? ABSOLUTELY!!!
Most of the time, we eat for convenience rather than for nutrition. We eat for instant gratification rather than long-term health benefits. For example how often do you find yourself grabbing takeout or eating in your car? When you order your takeout food, are you thinking about how the food will nourish and heal your body; or are you merely satisfying some craving?
How would you feel if you could eat in a way that benefited your body? What if you could eat in a way in which you actually get to experience the tastes and textures of your food rather than wolfing it down in a hurry or snacking on the go… moreover, how would this impact your health and weight?
So what is mindful eating?
Mindful eating means taking the time to choose high-quality food, that provides your body with the nutrients it needs, taking the time to slow down enough to enjoy it.
Mindful eating is a way of saying to yourself: “I respect my body enough to be mindful of what I put into it and of the way I eat.”
Think of this type of eating as a meditation. It means choosing to be present with your food and the way you eat it.
Mindful eating helps you:
● Sense intuitively when you are full
● Gain more satisfaction from eating = reduces cravings
● Develop a healthy relationship with food
● See food as medicine
● Discover new tastes and textures
● Improve digestion (less gas and bloating)
● Regulate bowel movement
● Discover food sensitivities
● Create healthy habits that enliven you
How will I know if it’s time for me to learn to eat mindfully?
Glad you asked! It’s time for you to practice mindful eating if you answer “YES” to any of these questions:
● You get bloated after eating
● You scoff down your food like there is no tomorrow
● You eat just to feel full not to enjoy the tastes
● You eat to numb out
● You want to learn to enjoy healthy food
● You feel bloated easily
● You gain weight easily
● You crave sugar or starchy foods
● You have difficulty focusing or foggy brain
● You feel lethargic after eating
● You have allergies or hay fever
● You feel addicted to eating foods that aren’t healthy for you but you can’t stop
● You tend to gain weight easily, especially in your belly
● You have extra pounds that won’t come off with diet and exercise
What do I do now?
Try it! Even if you can’t do it for every meal, try it a few time a week, and notice how your body and your mind respond to the enhanced mindfulness. Need help getting started? Contact me today to begin your journey.