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Think before you eat!

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Are you aware of the types and amounts of food that you put into your mouth?  If you’re anything like me, then the answer is no, or at least it used to be.  I have worked really hard to be aware of the foods I eat and to eat when I am hungry, not when I am bored, sad, mad, lonely, or around others who are eating.  This isn’t always easy, but it has been a journey that I am proud of.  There are steps to being a mindful eater.  They are:

1. Be aware of tasting your food vs. mindless munching.

2. Savor the foods.  What is the texture like or the flavor.  Is it crunchy, creamy, spicy?

3. Don’t judge yourself.  Try to eat healthy, but everything in moderation.  Allow yourself an occasional treat without guilting yourself the entire time.

4. Be present with your food.  Don’t sit and watch TV, work on the computer or graze.  People who do this tend to take in more calories than they intended.

5. Observe what is going on in your body. Are you hungry and lacking energy.  Do you feel full and able to stop eating or are you really still hungry?

 


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