Living a mindful life has become a widely discussed topic. Your diet should also be part of it. Here are 7 tips that will help you to eat mindfully.
1 Enjoy your food. Taste it, savour it, and appreciate it – your body will thank you soon.
2 Don’t deprive yourself of any food or food group. The more you deprive yourself the higher chance that you’ll binge on it later.
3 Rate your hunger on a scale from 1 to 10, where 1 means that you’re not hungry at all and 10 means you are starving. You should eat when you are about a 7. In this way, you won’t be too hungry and you’ll eat just enough without overeating.
4 Think carefully what you want to eat. If you want to eat chocolate, eat it but be aware of why you want to eat it, how hungry you are for it, and the event of eating it. Also, ask yourself if want to eat it all or you want just to savour a few small bites for the taste.
5 Always eat the best part first. Satisfy the initial craving with the best part of your meal. This will also make sure that you eat the best before you are full, which will help you not to eat too much.
6 If you are an emotional eater play the ‘am I hungry?’ game. If you’re hungry then refer to point 3. If you aren’t then maybe there’s something else that has triggered the impulse to eat. Think about how you’ll feel after you eat to manage your emotions, then think about your other options such as going for a walk, exercising or having a hot bath. If you decide to eat, do so mindfully. Pay attention to how it makes you feel, and how it’s helping to satiate and quell that impulse.
7 If you are full but still want to eat, take the rest as a takeaway and eat it later.