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Mindful/Emotional Eating

( 2-3 minute read )
 

Hey friends! First, thanks for all of the positive feedback on last weeks newsletter! I was so happy to hear so many of you are going to start implementing it in your daily routines! It really has made such a positive impact on my life and I can’t wait to see it do the same for you!

This week I am going into detail about something that’s been VERY integral to the success I’ve had on my fitness & nutrition journey. Especially in regards to my relationship with food.

So, here’s a little more insight into the ever so elusive mindful eating! The reason this is such a powerful skill to learn is because when you understand & honor your body’s needs, it’s literally impossible to overdo it!

Now, what does mindful eating even mean?!

  • Being fully aware and respectful of your hunger and satiety cues
  • Eating with a purpose to give your body the nutrients it needs
  • Seeing food as energy no matter WHAT it is
  • Being present while you eat to enjoy and appreciate the experience
  • Analyzing your choices before AND after you make them without judgement

Are you going to be perfect with these things?! HELL NO. But the more you practice them, the more confident & at peace you will be when it comes to food/eating : )

In my opinion, this is probably the most important concept when it comes to nutrition. Especially seeing that a majority of people struggle with emotional eating. Food is all too often used as a distraction when uncomfortable feelings arise that we don’t want to deal with. It’s a quick hit of pleasure to temporarily mask whatever pain we are experiencing. It’s a band aid, not a solution. But for some reason, we keep doing it. 

Instead of feeling guilty the next time this happens, take responsibility and use it as a reminder to practice the concepts I mentioned above. So, the next time you feel the urge to suppress your feelings with food I want you to ask yourself:

Am I actually hungry? Or is there some other feeling (sadness, boredom etc) that’s cueing me to use food as a distraction from what I really need (a break from my desk, some fresh air, socialization, a hug, confronting an issue)?

Is what I am putting on my plate going to make my body feel good?

**And even if it is something less nutrient dense, remind yourself that it’s totally fine to have foods like this here & there when you TRULY want them**

Then, SLOW DOWN. Really take time to chew your food thoroughly and notice the taste & textures. Even take deep breaths in between bites if you need to!

Lastly, practice pushing your plate away when you start to feel full. This is the hardest part! What I always remind myself is that I can always have more later on/ another day if I want it. Food is abundant! And the more we allow it, the less we abuse it. Trust me on this!

When it’s all said & done. Reflect on the experience in a non judgmental way. How did you do? What can you do better next time? Remember this is a process and it takes practice! Getting down or guilty is NEVER going solve any issues or allow you to make progress. Be objective and apply what you learned the next time you are in a similar situation!

I challenge you to walk yourself through this the next food decision you make today. Let me know what you learn!!

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