Have you ever munched several pieces of cookies while barely looking away from your computer screen?
Well, if this is a Yes, you should be aware of the fact that gobbling up food is the complete opposite of mindful eating.
As we speak, this is an emerging movement that requires the adherent to know when and how they eat. Ultimately, this could lead to weight loss in the long run.
Best Health: Diet and Exercise
In the current world where a lot of things are bound to distract you from your health goals, it’s easy to go astray even if you are on a strict diet plan meant to make you lose some weight.
It only takes a small portion of your attention to focus on other things such as watching your favorite movie while munching a few goodies.
And sometimes we attend parties with friends, and this means eating and lots of eating! The calorie factor still counts, whether you take in solid or liquid food.
So even though you might be on a restricted diet plan, seeing results would be almost next to impossible. The cycle continues!
But it doesn’t end there: exercise is another important factor that we tend to forget or ignore in our quest to lose weight.
You see, science has it that if you burn more calories than you consume or store in your body, then you will lose weight.
Some people seem to have problems with achieving this balance, not because of anything else, but because they don’t mind what they eat, and whether or not they should be working out — even if it means going up and down the stairs a few times every day.Of course we don’t deny the fact that some people are genetically-inclined to have weight problems.
But again, the same people who struggle with these problems don’t really mind about their lifestyles, because they are too busy, perhaps occupied by the events and things of this life.
Insights into Mindful Eating
Did we mention the fact that mindful eating is not a diet plan?
Well, neither is it a food and drink plan, because there are no menus and recipes here. Instead, it has to do more with the sensation you experience during meals, as well as the thoughts & emotions you have when eating food or drinking water.
Are these Habits Familiar to You?
(a) Eating food until you are full, only to start tormenting yourself with feelings of guilt
(b) Eating when you are anxious, stressed or depressed, rather than when you are hungry
(c) Grazing on meals without really tasting the food itself
(d) Mindlessly munching snacks while seated comfortably, watching TV
(e) Taking meals at the same time in the day, regardless of whether you’re hungry or not
(f) Skipping meals, and perhaps not minding your hunger signals
Chances are that you are able to identify yourself with the habits mentioned above.
The key principle to mindful eating involves acknowledging food nourishment in regards to the process of preparing and consuming it, choosing healthy and nutritious foods, identifying your preferences non-judgmentally, recognizing signs of hunger and satiety, as well as using wisdom to guide how and when you eat.
Michelle May, founder and MD of the Mindful Eating Workshop dubbed ”Am I Hungry?” recognizes that the awareness of the food and the eating process is a necessary component that could facilitate behavior change.
She says overeating and other unconscious behavior that lead to weight gain is often practiced by many people without even realizing it.
However, being mindful requires one to wake up and be fully attentive of what they are doing. And when they are aware, they can change their action.
Some people have said that some workout programs are not as effective as touted on the web or elsewhere.Others have even resolved to seeking shortcuts because they want a quick fix to their weight problems. These people, on the other hand, don’t mind about their action, so they don’t take responsibility of their situation.Consequently, they don’t mind going to parties all the time — where they will be tempted to eat all kinds of food in any quantity. It least bothers them to stop and pay attention to whether they are sticking to their workout plan or not.
The motivational factor seems to come from the fact that there’s always another day to make things right — which is an element of regret after messing up.
There’s need to pay attention to your surrounding, especially when it comes to what goes into your mouth. But most importantly, there’s need to be mindful of exercise, because diet and exercise go hand in hand when you want to lose weight. Think about that.
Hey there, call me Ken. Writing is what I do in my free time. Apart from what I do at writedge, I also run two other entertainment blogs with a local flavor. I hope to meet you in one of my writings here! Chao!