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Trying to avoid excessive eating is different from dieting. It’s a conscious way of eating and enjoying your food so as to derive both good health and pleasure.
Does the idea of eating whatever you want to scare you? Does it bother you that all you usually eat are junk foods – chips, cookies, and ice cream? If you’ve dieted for a long time, this is understandable. Just know that with practice, avoiding excess eating will become more natural to you.
MINDFUL EATING is not a diet. It’s a conscious way of eating and enjoying your food so as have good health. It uses our internal signals for appetite, hunger and satiety to guide us in eating healthily. When we slow down and pay attention to how we eat, what we eat, and how we feel, we’re more likely to make better decisions that nourish our bodies. (15 Foods That Helps You Build Strong and Healthy Bones)
Here are a few steps you can take to avoid excessive eating.
Step 1 – Give yourself permission to eat what you want. If you don’t, you may find yourself eating excessively because you don’t want to feel deprived. denying yourself some foods may also keep you craving them whether you’re hungry or not.
Step 2 – Focus while you eat. Instead of unconsciously putting food into your mouth at mealtimes or as you go about the day, STOP to enjoy each bite. Whenever you eat, make sure that is only what you are doing at the moment; don’t do anything else. Make it an event.
Step 3 – Savor the flavour. Engage your sense of smell and taste to fully enjoy your food. Appreciate the delicious smell before you take a bite. Then as you bite into your food, notice the texture – is it soft or hard, chewy or crunchy? Take your time and let it sit in your mouth for a few seconds before you start to chew. pass the food around in your mouth to let all your taste buds participate in eating. (Dealing with Stress Through Your Diet)
Step 4 – Reflect for a moment. Once you finish eating, take some time to think and savour the experience. Was it as good as you imagined it would be? Did you really (really) love it? Do you feel satisfied and happy or guilty and worried about the calories? The latter probably means that you were not able to fully savour and enjoy the food and you can get stuck in the “diet mentality” zone. With time and practice, you can move beyond this. (Read on The 5 Best Diet Tips to Improve Health here)
Step 5 – Decide what’s next. Do you want more of the food? If so, repeat steps 1 – 4.
Does the idea of eating whatever you want to scare you? Are you afraid that all you will eat is junk food – chips, cookies, and ice cream? If you have been dieting for a long period of time, this is understandable. Just know that with practice, avoiding overeating will become more natural. When you use your internal cues for hunger, appetite, and satiety to guide you in eating, you end up eating just the right amount and kind of food to truly nourish your body.
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