Yep, you read that title correctly. Learning to eat mindfully helped me lose 75 lbs and is continuing to help me reach my health goals. By learning mindful eating, I learned to control the emotional connection I used to have with food, and enjoy healthier meals. I wanna share what I’ve learned with you, so that you too can have amazing results just by learning this one simple and effective method.
So, what IS mindful eating, anyway?
To put it simply, mindful eating is learning to pay attention to the whole ritual of eating a meal without any judgement. It’s not about guilting yourself into eating healthy, or even differently. It’s just about being aware. I’ve put together a list of questions that you should ask yourself before, during, and after a meal.
- Why do I feel like eating? Am I just bored? Am I upset or anxious about something?
- What am I going to eat? Will it be healthy, or will I opt for junk food?
- What does the food on my plate look like? What does it taste like? Is there a smell? What do I think about the texture?
- How do I feel while eating this meal? What about after I finish eating it?
- How full am I before I start the meal, while eating it, and after I’m finished eating?
- Is there any physical discomfort in my body?
- Where has my food come from? Is it from a farm? Has it been highly processed? Is it an animal, a vegetable, a flakey pastry?
Now, the first time I attempted this, I was sitting down with a whole frozen pizza, and as you can imagine, I just sat there and judged myself for my food choices. I felt horrible.
What I did was not proper mindful eating practice, because in mindfulness, one should never judge. With time, I learned to be gentle with myself – and not only that, but I got some really amazing benefits out of my mindful eating habit!
- I learned to eat only when I’m hungry. I wasn’t snacking on cookies mid-day because I was bored, and I wasn’t downing chocolate bars because I was sad. I started eating because my body needed fuel.
- I learned to cherish the food that I consume. I now take time to really taste the food that goes into my mouth, rather than to chew it mindlessly.
- Unhealthy food makes me feel really sluggish and tired, I’ve learned.
- I’ve learned to stop eating when I’m full, and not finish everything on my plate.
- I treat mealtime as a self-care ritual, and I conciously nourish my body with good food.
- Most importantly, I’ve lost a lot of weight. I’ve completely changed my relationship with food in the best way that I could have imagined.
Minfdul eating isn’t the only way I lost all the weight, but it is the one that has caused the biggest difference in my day-to-day life. I wish I had someone simplify the process to me when I was starting out, so I’m really helping that this blog post will help you out!
Enjoy your food, love your body, and take care of yourself.