So how good are your eating habits? Do you eat while reading, watching TV, looking at your computer, talking over the phone, etc.?
Have you ever noticed when you multitask you can eat a lot without noticing what you are actually eating? Even when you have dinner with your friends or coworkers, as soon as the conversation starts, the control of how much you eat ends..
As a Holistic Health and Nutrition Coach and Counselor, I always remind my clients that if you eat while multitasking, you will give your brain the wrong signals. You can call this mindless eating. If your brain is thinking of work, it isn’t thinking of eating and won’t tell your body to stop eating .
If you focus your mind on your eating you will:
- eat less,
- be full faster,
- digest your food properly,
- absorb all nutrients
- lose weight
Here are some healthy tips and ideas to help focus your brain for mindful eating:
- Take a couple of deep breathes to slow down before your meal.
- Bless your food, or at least give thanks – it will help you feel gratitude, which by itself a powerful stress relief technique to help your digestion.
- Try to enjoy what you eat by noticing the food, smelling and savoring it.
- Chew properly – it helps enzymes from your pancreas and other organs get into your stomach and small intestines.
- Eat slower to feel full faster.
- Have a quiet happy family dinner at least twice a week instead of eating on the go.
- Chant “Sat Nam” five times.( Sat Nam is a healing sound or meditation mantra).
- Say Bon Appetit before every meal even if you eat alone. It will help you set your mood for eating and enjoying the food.
Establish these stress free eating habits to maintain your weight more easily and feel and look fabulous, shall we?
Breathe, smile and be happy.
© Irina Wardas, HHC
Women’s Holistic Health and Nutrition Coach and Counselor