Never Diet Again: Mindful Eating!

PrintWhile there’s a time and place for dieting, it’s not the only tool in the toolbox. Rather than counting calories or adhering to a strict diet plan, I practice a strategy called mindful eating.

So what is mindful eating?

Mindful eating is consuming food with intention and attention.

The intention is to care for yourself and to nourish your body. It’s not to pass time. It’s not to satisfy a craving. It’s not to feel better about a problem. When eating, the intention is that the food will give your body the fuel it needs.

Attention is noticing the food you eat. Be aware of its taste and flavor. Be aware of your enjoyment of food. And be especially aware of the effects it has on your body. Paying attention to your food is powerful; and it’s not something that’s easy to achieve when eating in front of a television or computer.

With a combination of intention and intention, you may find that you eat slower. You may be able to distinguish between true hunger and emotional cues for eating. You will also be guided towards healthier food choices that are both enjoyable and nourishing. And you’ll be able to use the food you eat as fuel for a high energy and vibrant life.

In other words, by eating mindfully, you shift away from negative and destructive eating habits and create healthier patterns.

 

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Comments

  1. A “Diet” is an eating regimen, what we consume daily and normally.
    Everyone is on “a diet”, all of the time. Some on a healthy one, some on a not so healthy-one. Some on a calorie deficient one, some one a balanced one, most on a calorie surplus. A veggie diet, vegan diet, or an omnivore diet. We all diet, always.

    If you’re trying to give professional advice, or are a practicing professional, at least use terms true to their actual definition. Because you are saying “go on a diet” , just mean a well balanced and aware diet.

    • Matthew says:

      Andy, his use of the word “diet” was correct. It has TWO definitions as a noun, but only ONE as a verb, which you misused in your pedantic criticism. Rabbits, for example, do not diet on carrots or go on a carrot diet; they just have a diet of carrots. See? You’re not the only one who can be pedantic about proper usage of English.

  2. I often try to eat mindfully, and it certainly allows me to eat less and enjoy more. However, I’d like to see some references in this article.

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  5. There’s a TED Talk on this exact topic, which illustrates some of the drawbacks of dieting. It’s available at: https://www.ted.com/talks/sandra_aamodt_why_dieting_doesn_t_usually_work

  6. Thanks Davey for letting us know that we always must think what to choose for diet! We all need Mindful eating habits!!!))

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