Being mindful in and of itself is not a magic elixir when trying to lose weight. Instead, it is a tool you can employ when you are on your journey to healthy eating practices.
If you battle with eating mindfully, the first thing to understand is it’s not about finding the right eating plan. It’s about identifying your problems and directing your strength and desire for health and wellness toward solutions.
Read on to learn more about what you can do to improve your eating habits and discover why mindfulness matters when you’re trying to lose weight naturally.
When you make use of mindful eating techniques you are compelled to consider the action of what you’re taking in. Your attention should be directed toward the texture, color, flavor, temperature, and the sound of the food you’re eating.
As well, you must be aware of what the surrounding environment is having on the mind and body experience. Are you being distracted by your cell phone, computer or social media? Is the space you’re dining in noisy, uncomfortable, and making you feel rushed? Are you worried about work that needs to be done, errands that need to be run, or getting your kids to their next planned activity?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, it may be time to take a hard look in the mirror and reassess your health before it’s too late.
People all over the world are realizing the life-changing developments and experiencing first-hand how mindfulness fosters well-being. They are living with deeper awareness, greater consciousness, and are more anchored in the present moment.
It’s human nature for your brain to contradict what you need as opposed to what you want. Because this can be hard to understand, your relationship with food will often change. When you feel depressed, worried, lonely or bored you may be compelled to relieve those feelings with food.
Before you take a seat at the table, be clear about what you’re eating and why.
As you go about your daily life you have countless opportunities to head down one path or another. Practicing mindfulness will help you make the best use of these opportunities; causing you to analyze the circumstances you find yourself in and consider your food choices more carefully.
Mindfulness guides you to set your sights on forming and instituting a sound dietary routine. It will help you be a product of your decisions, not of your circumstances and you will begin to lose weight naturally.
Why should you care about how your brain works? Because it’s running the show! Mindfulness sharpens your brain and its ability to recognize internal cues that signal hunger and fullness.
Digestion involves an intricate series of hormonal signals between your belly and your nervous system. Research indicates that it takes about 20 minutes for the brain to register that the belly is full. If you eat too quickly, the feeling of fullness may occur only after overeating rather than putting an end to it.
There's also evidence that shows if you’re eating while performing activities like driving or working on the computer it may slow down or stop digestion similar to how the fight or flight response does. Additionally, if you’re not digesting your food properly, you may be missing out on the full nutritional value of some of what you’re consuming.
Take control over your eating and achieve long-term success by understanding why mindfulness matters when you’re trying to lose weight naturally.
With new-found confidence and a bit of time you can make mindful eating a habit. Let weight loss be the beneficial side effect of your new relationship with food.
I am a corporate wellness consultant. As a master yoga instructor, I support in-house wellness programs, seminars, trade shows and executive retreats. I help business leaders build and maintain physical and mental well-being. If you would like to learn more about offering a health and fitness program to your busy management team contact me at [email protected] or 386.871.0582
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