Are you an “emotional eater”? Emotional eating is one of the biggest barriers a lot of our patients face in their weight loss journey. You can read more about the issue of emotional eating in weight loss here. This blog will focus on 5 quick strategies and tips you can use to implement mindfulness in your eating habits.
Often caused by stress, boredom and social expectations, emotional eating can be a major threat to one’s health and well-being. With its mindless nature, it is common for people not to notice that they’re participating in emotional eating but with the application of mindfulness techniques, emotional eating can be successfully controlled.
When eating is driven by emotions, people tend to overeat as they are not eating for nourishment, rather they’re eating out of habit. Mindfulness techniques help us to become aware of our thoughts and feelings around food and eating, drawing our attention to what our bodies need. Doing this can ultimately influence what we eat, when we eat and how food makes us feel.
Here are five quick tips on how to transform your relationship with food through mindfulness:
- Tune into your natural physical hunger signals and recognise when you’ve had enough to eat.
- Choose foods that are both satisfying and good for your health.
- Focus on really tasting your food – fully savour each mouthful so that you feel properly satisfied after your meal.
- Ensure to properly chew your food to optimise digestion.
- Make the time to schedule each meal time in and then focus solely on what you’re eating and how you’re feeling.