Mindfulness has become quite the buzzword of late, and has been used to help people overcome some of their biggest challenges including sugar cravings. But, what exactly does it mean, and how can one become more mindful of what they are eating? Here are our best tips.
Mindfulness can be defined in two ways:
1: The state of being aware of something
2: A mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment while also acknowledging feelings, thoughts & sensations
Put simply, being mindful allows you to live in the present moment and be aware of feelings and thoughts you have toward any given situation. By practicing mindful techniques, people all over the world have been able to overcome even their toughest addictions or challenges.
Since being mindful includes being fully aware of what is happening both within and around yourself at any given moment, mindfulness can be applied to any daily activity, including eating.
Being mindful of your food choices includes taking notice of smells, flavors, colors and textures of the food you eat. To be fully aware of these things, you should rid yourself of distractions like reading, watching TV or playing on the computer.
To become more aware of your food choices, we recommend starting slow and eating one meal per day, paying close attention to the details of the food selected. Eat slowly and aim to take a full 20 minute period to eat your food. To enhance your experience, and help you slow down try holding your utensils in your non-dominant hand, or using chopsticks if you don’t usually. Take smaller bites and focus on chewing each to its fullest.
While enjoying your meal, think about where it came from. Is your food sugar laden and mass produced, or did it come from a farm, to the grocery store and into your home for preparation and cooking?
I Quit Sugar Through Mindfulness
Being able to completely eliminate your sugar cravings through mindfulness alone will take time and practice, but it can be done. Along with the tips listed above, being mindful means being in touch with your inner emotions. Before opening the fridge or raiding the pantry ask yourself if you are really hungry, or if wanting to eat is coming from habit, boredom, sadness or loneliness, celebrating or some other emotion. If you are not truly hungry, go for a walk, call a friend, read a book, drink some water or participate in some other activity to keep your mind off of food.
Mindful eating will not only reduce your daily caloric intake, but will also help you make better food choices in the long run, and enjoy more fully the foods you choose to enjoy.