I was eating something the other day and when I finished, I thought to myself “I don’t even remember taking that last bite.”
What a waste. I don’t remember what it was that I was eating at the time, but I remember that it was something that I really like.
And THAT is the problem. Today I’m going to talk about mindful eating.
Mindfulness is when you are consciously aware of the things you’re experiencing. Mindful eating is, obviously, when you are consciously aware of the things you’re eating.
I think most of us get in the habit of eating without paying attention to the taste, the texture, the temperature, the amount of the food we eat.
There are at least two things wrong with this.
First, we don’t get to enjoy our favorite foods. How often do you finish eating or drinking something you love and then realize that it’s gone and you don’t remember it? Tragic.
Secondly, we eat foods and amounts that are not good for us.
So like I stated in the title of this post, I really believe that many of the “diets” out there will actually work, if we really do it.
One of the most important things that most diets do for us is make us aware of what we eat, when we eat, and how much we eat.
For example, most diets don’t allow for eating a bunch of sugary, processed junk food. So any diet you’re on will cause you to eat a lot less junk food.
Being on a diet that allows for some and restricts some types and amounts of food will make you healthier. Mindful eating is actually one of the keys to any diet.
So I guess if you just focused on mindful eating, you’d probably get much better results than any other diet that you didn’t really stick to.
So here’s my action item for you.
If you’re looking at trying some kind of diet, to lose weight or just feel healthier, do these two things.
- Think about and/or do some research and come up with a list of good foods and a list of bad foods.
- Pay attention to what, when, and how much you eat with eating better in mind.
Try this and tweak it according to your results.
I think you’ll find that mindful eating will take you a long way toward your weight loss goals.