How mindful eating can help achieve your goals
Have you ever experienced a time when you still “felt” hungry even after finishing your dinner while watching a TV show? Like you still wanted more but you’ve already had a full meal? That’s because we tend to neglect the signals our body tell us when we eat with distractions.
The experts tell us mindful eating involves having full awareness of what you’re eating and how you’re eating. This means shutting the telly down, having minimal noise around, and concentrating on your food. It sounds very dull but maybe we meet the experts half way?
We suggest setting the table and take your time over dinner. Too often we ‘inhale’ our food as we are hungry. Enjoy dinner more with your partner or friend and with no distractions you can discuss the food or events of the day or plan a holiday. Through mindful eating, we get to taste all the food flavours that send us to heaven and experience the joy we feel when we eat a particular type of food. Through awareness, we also get to appreciate natural flavours and unfamiliar ingredients, which leads to consuming less salt, less sugar, and less of the food considered empty calories (like chips).
Through mindful eating and not rushing our food, we also learn what it’s like to be full. Not the bloated-almost-going-into-food-coma type of full but the right amount of fullness that the body truly needs.
And that’s how mindful eating can help you achieve your goals.
Luckily our meals are already calorie-counted so you don’t have to worry about overeating. Just make sure you stop yourself from grabbing the bar of chocolate while watching TV!