Mindful Eating and Your Mental Health

Hello Beautiful Blissful Readers! Katie here all the way from The Wellness Wonderland! I thought I’d drop by to share a secret from wonderland to make food tastier. The secret is quite simple: awareness.

Since we all lead such busy and stressful lives, lunch is commonly eaten while working at a desk and breakfast is usually taken on the go. Sometimes we don’t even realize we’re fueling our bodies.

Office worker eating at deskEating in a stressful state is directly linked to digestive problems. I’ve found in my own personal journey, this process served me well when it comes to food addiction, emotional eating, and eating disorder recovery.
 When we are eating when we’re not hungry and we’re not present with our food we are simply using food as a coping mechanism to not have to feel a feeling we’ve avoiding. Humans use many coping mechanisms from drugs to shopping to sex to food to avoid feeling. When first starting to make a change just bring awareness to why you are eating when you’re not hungry. You don’t even have to stop just bring awareness of knowing what it is you’re avoiding doing or feeling and why you’re choosing to eat instead. Then see if you can use that awareness to use this tools. Eat your food, sitting down, calm, and present instead of standing in the kitchen, fridge door open, right out of the container, quickly so no one sees. Put it on a plate for gosh sakes, enjoy it and don’t judge yourself with your mind just be aware of what’s going on mentally. That is the first step to changing it.

While not every meal has to be eaten this way, aim for once a day. Here are the eating awareness guidelines. Download them and hang them on your fridge or in your eating area to remind you to tune in and mindfully feed your body – it will allow you to truly enjoy your food. (Download the pdf here: 2EnlightenedEating-Final)

- Remain seated.

- Refrain from conversation while chewing.

- Place your utensil down between each bite. Wait until food is completely chewed & swallowed before picking up your utensil your next bite.

- Refrain from external distractions, including reading, watching TV, listening to music, phone, etc.

- Put no more than two handfuls of food on your plate at a time. Finish eating your two handfuls, then wait 3-5 minutes before taking more food.

- Wait until food is completely digested (2-6 hours) before your next meal or snack.

Bon Appetit!

 

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Katie Dalebout

Wellness Wonderland

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