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How Mindful Eating Can Free You From The Diet Trap

Ever Sat In Front Of The TV While Eating And Wonder A Few Moments Later What You Just Ate?

“Mindful eating takes guts and can be scary, but on the other side there is freedom from the diet trap.”   We love this quote from this simple article by Kristina LaRue.  With so many people trying to lose weight and falling into a cycle of never ending dieting, this article seems timely.   Instead of counting every calorie, how about simply tuning into the body and beginning to eat mindfully and consciously?   Seems like a great idea to us.  Enjoy!

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By Kristina LaRue

….Mindful eating is being aware of the taste, texture, aroma, presentation, and your body’s hunger and fullness cues. Getting to know your hunger and fullness is the secret to losing the weight for good and keeping it off.

1. Eat with balance. Eating a variety of foods at each meal not only provides balanced nutrition, it can also Mindful-eatinghelp with meal satisfaction. Make sure that your plate has 3 foods: Fiber, Fat, and Protein…

2. Time your meals. If you’ve been dieting or eating sporadically for some time, it’s time to recalibrate your hunger and fullness meter. Many people say that when they begin mindful eating that they don’t really feel hungry or full; that’s likely because your hunger and fullness meter is off. Begin to get back on track by eating food in regular intervals, about every 4 hours or so–paying close attention to portion size…

3. Be Present. It can’t be overstated that to become a mindful eater, the mind and body must be present with the plate. Eat with intention, turn off the TV and shut down the computer while dining at the table….

4. Know your numbers. Becoming aware of the body’s internal cues to hunger and fullness will keep blood sugar stable and increase energy levels. Mindful eating requires trusting the body to know “how much” food is needed and when to stop. When you sit down to a meal ask yourself, “How hungry am I”, and give it a number from 1 to 10 with 1 being starving and 10 being stuffed…

5. Accept the here and now. So you want to make changes to your body composition and/or lose some weight, first start with loving your body just the way it is…

Mindful eating takes guts and can be scary, but on the other side there is freedom from the diet trap.

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