Try mindful eating for a healthier lifestyle

Mindful eating practices can help control eating habits.

Mindfulness is being aware of your presence and thoughts. When someone practices mindfulness, they have a sense of control in their lives. When practicing mindful eating, we begin to know when we are truly hungry instead of grabbing a cookie every time we go by the cookie jar. We begin to really taste our food and follow those hunger cues. Mindful eating is enjoying each bite of healthy food, sip beverages we enjoy and taking the time to taste the different combination of spices and food. When you prepare meals, think of spices, textures that might complement each dish we prepare. It’s also important that we remember to breathe. Eat slowly and breathe during your meal. Take deep breaths and let the air enlarge your lungs. This relaxing technique can help tell your brain you are finished eating before you over eat.

Other ways you can practice mindful eating
  • Be aware of when and why you are hungry. Ask yourself if you are eating because you’re hungry or if you’re simply eating out of boredom or stress.
  • Try not to eat in the car. Save time for a nice sit down dinner. You will eat less and because you’re eating at home, you’ll tend to reach for healthier foods rather than what’s easiest to eat on the go.
  • Concentrate on nourishing yourself with healthy foods. Try to eat many vegetables and fruits. Keep in mind that fruits and veggies of different colors offer different nutrients!
  • Eat slowly and savor each bite. Notice how small portions can fill you up when you go slow and enjoy each mouthful one at a time.

Mindful Eating can help us reach our dietary goals and weight and still feel good about ourselves.

For more health and nutrition tips, visit the Michigan State University Extension website

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