Hungry? Mindful Eating

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I am Hungry?

Mindful eating is about eating with intention and attention.

  • Awareness of emotional cues
  • realizing non hunger triggers
  • Learning to meet your needs instead of always using food
  • Choosing foods for enjoyment and nourishment

 

What can be helpful is to keep a 7 day log of what you eat, when and how much. Ask yourself how you were feeling when you felt hungry. This could provide a huge insight to figure out how much is hunger how much is emotional.

At some point we always grab that little snack we know is just empty calories, but what drives us is the happiness we think it will provide. It works, but not for long. Eating is about nourishment pure and simple. You can enjoy healthy food that tastes great, without adding in unhealthy elements.

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Keep a Well-Stocked Pantry

When your pantry is full of staples, you’ll find you won’t need to run to the store in the middle of cooking dinner to get a bottle of soy sauce. Plus it makes it easier to improvise a dinner on the fly when you don’t already have something planned. Ingredients like pasta, canned beans and canned fish can be the basis of spur-of-the-moment meals.

Eat What You Love

Eating well is not about deprivation—it’s about that good feeling you get when you eat something that is flavorful, wholesome and satisfying. No food should be off limits. Studies show that depriving yourself of the foods you love, especially in the name of dieting, may cause you to overeat later. Embrace a delicious and healthy way of eating that you can sustain for your whole life. When you bake, limit added sugars. (Added sugars of any kind—whether it’s corn syrup, white sugar, maple syrup or agave—all add calories and don’t offer any nutritional value.) Savor desserts so you really enjoy it without feeling guilty. Bottom line is that maintaining a healthy weight comes down to balancing the amount of calories you eat with the amount you expend during the day.
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