Mindfulness

Mindfulness is an important concept to remember when eating. Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience. Most people tend to eat very quickly. Before they know it they have over eaten. Watching people eat, it seems as if their is a prize for finishing first. Eating is not a NASCAR race! Slow down! Mindfulness while eating means being aware of how each bite of food tastes. It means chewing each bite completely. It also means seeing how you feel between bites. How full are you? Do you really need another bite? It is recommended that you stop eating when you are 75% full. It takes about 20 minutes from the time you are full until your brain gets the message. This is why you feel “stuffed” 10-20 minutes after eating too much, especially when eating quickly. Stop and slow down. Enjoy your food. Eating is not meant to be a race. Pay attention to what you are eating and you will ultimately eat less. Recognize the signs of when you are getting close to being full. Stop when you are full. Do not overeat. Being mindful when eating helps you fully enjoy your meals and all the different flavors and textures of your food. It will also help you eat less and lose weight. Pay more attention during your next meal. Make your meals more enjoyable. Eating should be a pleasurable experience. Do not miss out!

 

Author: drjeffgreenberg

Dr Greenberg is a clinical cardiologist who specializes in preventive cardiology, nutrition, exercise, and longevity. He favors using natural methods to improving one's health.

7 thoughts on “Mindfulness”

    1. You pose an excellent question. This is a problem many people have trouble with. Your first goal is to eat slowly and to pay attention to what you are eating. Enjoy every bite. Savor the flavors. Eating is not a race. The key is that it takes 15-20 minutes after your stomach is full for your brain to receive the chemical message. Stretch receptors in the stomach send messages to the brain that it is full. Slow down and wait 15-20 minutes and see if you are truly still hungry. If you are, then it is okay to eat some more. Eating whole unprocessed foods such as fruits and vegetables will fill you up more than processed food (which is why it is so easy to overeat when eating pizza and chips, but harder to over eat carrots or apples). Listen to your body. Give your food time to digest. Meals should be enjoyable.

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