Learn Awareness of Triggers That Lead to Mindless Eating
It has become increasingly common to multitask while eating in this fast-paced world. Whether dining at your desk, on the way to your kids’ sporting events, or while watching a screen, mindless eating has become part of how we live. The problem is that it can lead to overeating, weight gain, digestive issues, unhealthy habits, and lack of satisfaction, to name a few. So, what can you do? It can be beneficial to incorporate some mindful eating practices into your routine.
Mindful eating stems from the broader philosophy of mindfulness, a therapeutic technique used in many religions that focuses on accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and senses in the present moment.
Mindful eating involves being aware of the food and drink you consume. You can achieve this by being fully present while eating and drinking, observing your thoughts and feelings about food without judgment, listening to your body’s cues, appreciating food, and eating with intention. The goal is to develop a heightened awareness of your eating habits and thoughts and feelings about food.
Eating mindfully can offer numerous benefits. For example, it can:
Part of mindful eating involves being aware of the physical and emotional triggers that can lead to mindless eating. Eating mindlessly can contribute to unhealthy eating habits like ignoring your body’s signals for hunger and fullness, eating when emotions tell us to, eating and multitasking, and eating at random times and places. These “bad” triggers may not be the same for everyone, but here are a few examples of potential triggers:
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