Mindful Eating a Key to Weight Loss
There is a new trend, and it is all about mindfulness and health.
Mindfulness is the Eastern concept of being more aware, and when it comes to eating, being more aware of what you eat, how you eat, why, and when you eat may well be the Key to long-term and effective weight loss.
There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that there is more specifically a “mind-gut connection.” Harvard University researchers have suggested that a slower, more thoughtful way of eating could help with many of the problems associated with overeating, especially those related to stress and making more healthy food choices.
Mindfulness techniques as a way to not only lose weight, but relieve stress, improve any kind of workout routine, and even alleviate problems such as high blood pressure, chronic fatigue, gastrointestinal difficulties and improve overall health.
When applied to eating, mindfulness means taking notice, and using all of your senses when eating. A mindful eater takes the time to explore and enjoy the color, smell, flavor, and even the texture of his or her food. In mindful eating, you need to savor every bite, chew more slowly, and eliminate any distraction while eating.
Do not eat and watch TV, do not eat and drive.
Mindful eating also means getting in touch with your feelings about food and learning to deal with pressure and anxiety about food and weight.
Several studies have shown mindful eating can help with weight loss, and may even aid those suffering from eating disorders. Jean Kristeller, a Psychologist at Indiana State University, conducted a study of mindful eating techniques for the treatment of binge eating.
She concluded, “The mindfulness-based therapy seemed to help people enjoy their food more and have less sense of struggle about controlling their eating.” The specific mindful techniques taught to the participants in the study resulted in reduced levels of binging and depression. There are several similar studies underway at respected universities throughout the country.
Naturopathic physician Dr. Holly Lucille suggests that one of the easiest ways to get into a more mindful approach to eating is to “eat not with your mouth, but your eyes.”
She explains that most people think digestion starts with chewing, but “it really starts in the eyes and in the nose. If food is physically appealing, and it smells good, and you take the time to take that all in, that starts to secrete your digestive enzymes.”
As you use all of your senses in mindful eating, you will develop a more discriminating palate.
This will lead to better eating habits as you will notice how much better healthier food choices smell, look and taste than junk foods.
This is the thing, if you have a weight issue, you probably enjoy food, but likely forgotten the true pleasures of eating, and instead wind up gorging just to get to the satisfied point, which leave you not satisfied.
Eating Real Food
In mindful eating, we are able to rekindle our love affair with food, learn to enjoy it, such as taking the time to savor each bite.
When you learn (or relearn) the Art of the Meal, its tastes, smells, and colors you will find that you will not only enjoy each meal more but eat less.
Eat healthy, Be healthy, Live lively
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