Mindful eating is a great practice to begin as you start a new meal plan. It can help you learn to listen to the cues your body sends regarding your appetite. It will also allow you to enjoy your meals, while appreciating the great flavors and experiences brought by food.
So, what is mindful eating? Mindful eating is focusing not only on what we eat, but also on how, when, why, and where we eat. Have you ever sat down in front of a TV and mindlessly ate an entire bag of popcorn or chips without realizing it? Instead, take a step back and allow yourself time to enjoy your meals and snacks, which can help with weight loss. Mindful eating allows your brain to understand when you are full and prevent overeating, which will eliminate unnecessary and excess calories.
Here are some tips to help practice mindful eating:
Christina Lombardi, MS, RD