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How To Eat Mindfully

How are your eating habits? Mindful eating is not something that most people think of while they are thinking about food, preparing food, and eating food. Alison Morgan of Psychology Now says that the opposite of mindful eating is “eating on autopilot.” If you aren’t thinking mindfully about what you’re eating, you’re probably eating on autopilot. Eating on autopilot often turns into unhealthy eating. You should be thinking about what you’re eating as fuel for your mind and body. Don’t expect perfection, but start to notice your mindset when it comes to food. 

What Isn’t Mindful Eating?

Morgan has signs that point in the direction of someone that doesn’t eat mindfully. Here are some of the signs:

  • “You have a lack of awareness about your eating behavior in all forms — what it is you’re eating, when, and why you’re eating.”
  • “You especially lack awareness of why you’re eating, because this can link to your relationship with food and emotions.”
  • “You don’t remember what you’ve eaten all day.”
  • “You finish a chocolate bar (or other foods) without even noticing what it tasted like.”
  • “You get to the end of the day and realize you haven’t had one proper meal; you’ve just been grazing and snacking.”
  • “You recognize that your behaviors are out of sync with other people, maybe eating in private or not eating at all.”
  • “You’re fearful of foods.”
  • “You eat when you’re not hungry.”

Do you find yourself associating with these points? This may be a sign that you aren’t thinking thoroughly about what you’re eating. These small signs could point to larger signs that you’re having when it comes to food. 

What Is Mindful Eating?

Marina Grazier of Psychology Now explains what eating mindfully looks like in a three-step approach. Here are the three steps from Grazier:

  • First: “Decide why you want to eat mindfully. What’s the benefit to you? Maybe it’s to give you a release from dieting, or the freedom to eat what you want when you want.”
  • Then: “Be clear about what it is you’re looking to get out of adopting a mindful-eating approach, as this will motivate you to make changes and stick with them. Adopting this approach will be like embarking on a journey of change, and therefore needs some focus, attention, effort, and dedication.”
  • Lastly: “You’ll be rewiring your brain and creating new neural pathways, so allow yourself time to adapt. Accept it will be challenging and uncomfortable before it gets easier.”

You should be thinking about the benefits and drawbacks of the foods you’re using as fuel for your body. You should be focusing on and putting attention, effort, and dedication into food. This can be a difficult thing to do, but it’s worth it. 

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