Improve Your Habits With Mindful Eating
Mindfulness is an age-old practice that, in essence, just means paying attention to the choices we’re making and why we’re making them. Just as it can also be applied to the way we experience and respond to our emotions, it can also be applied to paying attention to the way we eat. Here we’re going to provide you with some tips about how you can incorporate mindful eating into your life, even on limited time.
Your Body Knows When It’s Done
One of the most important parts of mindful eating is listening to your body. Your body knows when it’s had enough food… eventually. There is a period between you having eaten enough and your body telling your brain that it’s had enough that causes trouble in our wolf-and-go society. If you’ve ever heard about ‘chewing 25 times before you swallow’ and similar eating techniques, they really all add up to one thing, giving your stomach time to tell the brain you’re done. The trick is to eat slower and pay attention to what your body has to say.
Wanting To Eat Doesn’t Always Mean You’re Hungry
Our bodies are complex machines, and the emotional wiring that’s connected to them can often cue signals that don’t mean what they seem to mean. If your body isn’t sending clear signs of being hungry (your stomach is growling or you have low energy, for example) then it’s likely that your desire to eat is based in an emotional need rather than a physical one.
Where We Eat Is As Important As What We Eat
The practice of eating dinner as a family (or group of friends) does more than just help us be more socially connected and bonded with those close to us. It also prevents us from ‘grazing’ and helps to establish your bodies expectations for meals, and comes with additional benefits as well. When a meal setting is expected you won’t be as likely to eat out of the container, you’ll take longer eating (remember slowing down?) as we interact with those sharing the meal with us.
What We Eat Can Tell Us Why We’re Eating
Let’s go back to the idea that wanting to eat doesn’t always mean you’re hungry. Even if you are actually hungry, it’s important to think about why you’re craving what you’re craving. Fatty high-calorie foods are often emotionally bolstering, which is part of how they’ve come to be known as ‘comfort foods’. So if you’ve decided that ‘yes, I’m actually hungry’, stop and consider why you’re making the selections you are and whether there are healthier alternatives.
If you’re looking for new ways to rejuvenate your body and to incorporate healthy choices into your lifestyle and want a professional to guide you along, pick up the phone and contact Dr. Ashley Hall at Thrive Rejuvenation in Newport Beach, CA. They can help you understand the healthy choices available to you, as well as provide a series of clinical treatments to help enhance your quest for health.