When you practice mindful eating you get to sensate – savor, smell and notice the texture of the food in your mouth. When you eat mindfully, you truly get to have a party in your mouth. I teach all Slender For Life™ hypnosis weight loss clients, mindfulness hypnosis techniques in my Seattle weight loss and Bainbridge weight loss offices and to the folks who I coach via Skype that live far away so that they can enjoy the little things in life.
How to Practice Mindful Eating
WebMD Feature: Has this ever happened to you?
- There’s a plate of cookies on your coworker’s desk. Before you know it, you’re munching on one. Or two.
- Your son didn’t finish his PB&J. You take a few bites before throwing it away.
- You’re watching TV with a bag of chips. What? It’s empty already?
These are all examples of “mindless eating” — eating not because you’re hungry, but just because the food is there and you’re not paying attention to what you’re doing.
“You’re not checking with your body’s signals about how full you are, or whether or not you’re still enjoying the food. Mindless eating can lead to unhealthy weight gain.
Mindful eating, on the other hand, means paying careful attention to what you’re eating and your own reactions to it. That way, you enjoy it more and overeat less. It’s an approach to healthy eating that parents can easily model for their children. The examples you set, they will follow.
Ask yourself these five questions to help you and your family eat more mindfully.
- Why do I want to eat now?
- What do I want to eat?
- How much am I enjoying this food right now?
- How full am I?
- Why did I eat that (or that much)?
One way that you can be mindful when you eat is to make sure that you only eat sitting down. Then, before you pick up your fork or the food, take a moment. Wiggle your toes, wiggle your butt – take a deep breath in through your nose, exhale through your mouth and enjoy the little things in life.
Seattle weight loss hypnosis and Bainbridge Island weight loss hypnosis clients practice mindful eating so that they can lose weight, keep it off and thoroughly enjoy what they eat.
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I enjoy the little things in life.
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