It’s not about food itself, but rather it’s about the behavioural aspect of eating.
Yes we know what to eat, but many of us can still get caught up in eating too much – even of the right stuff. And we do this without even realising it. There is a whole area of science that looks into mindful / mindless eating.
Brian Wansink, an American professor in the fields of consumer behaviour and nutritional science has even written a great book about it. It’s called “Mindless Eating” – funnily enough – it’s a great read. He talks through all his amazing experiments he does to show how people eat more in certain situations without even being aware of it, and also provides some great tips along the way.
Mindful eating is about focusing on the experience of eating: tasting, chewing, swallowing your food. It makes you more aware of the amount of food you’re eating and allows you to become more in-tune with your hunger and fullness cues. It will keep you on the straight and narrow when trying to get to the right weight.
Here are my top 6 tips that will help you be more mindful of your food intake and empower you to maintain and sustain your weight loss:
- Don’t eat on the run. Slow down and make the time to sit down for a dedicated amount of time to eat.
- Slow down the amount of time it takes you to eat your meals, try make your meal last an extra 10 minutes by putting your knife and fork down between bites. Slowing down enables you to really enjoy your meals and realise when you’re satiated (full).
- Turn off the TV while you are eating and focus on what’s on your plate.
- Don’t eat lunch at your desk at work. Take the time to go somewhere else and focus on what you’re eating.
- Don’t eat in the car, while you’re talking on the phone or when you’re at the movies – mindful eating is not possible while multi-tasking!
- Monitor your hunger and fullness levels. Be guided to eat by your tummy, not the clock!
Mindful eating partnered with LCHF eating is the perfect mix. LCHF allows you to naturally become more in tune with your hunger / fullness cues, and gives you a good kick-start into the mindfulness sphere. So you’re already part-way there. Good luck and have a mindful week!