When you think about your diet, what is the first word that comes to mind? For some people, eating healthy comes nearly as easily as breathing. Some people, however, restrict and nearly obsess about what it is they are eating on a daily basis. Both not thinking about what you put in your mouth and obsessing over it, are not healthy for your mind or your body. Here’s what you can learn from people who eat healthy and also have a healthy relationship with food.
It turns out that if you just stop and listen to your body when you’re eating, it’ll tell you when you’ve had enough. You can practice letting your senses guide you with what you eat and when – that’s the essence of mindful eating. The key is to recognize your response to food without judging yourself for it. Practice!
Everything in Moderation
The reality is that you have to eat to live, and if you are highly restrictive with what you put in your mouth then you’re more likely to binge when you do give yourself a “treat”. You need to have a diet that you can truly live with for the rest of your life and the key to that is moderation. If you want a cheeseburger, have ONE, or even half of one. Give yourself what you want, but do it in moderation and it’ll all work out in the end.
All About Timing
When you choose to have the things like pizza or chocolate, you should endeavor to have them at a time when you don’t want to eat a whole meal. That will greatly reduce the chances of overeating.
Eat Only When Hungry
More people than you may think eat due to emotions. This is because food causes physiological changes in the brain, specifically pleasure centers, which may make you feel better for a bit. The problem is that when you are under stress or anxiety and eat your feelings then you’re more likely to have higher calorie, higher fat foods. Instead of eating when stressed or anxious, try to replace the behavior with something healthier – like drinking a glass of water or going for a walk.
Don’t Stuff Yourself
You know the feeling you have at Thanksgiving when you’re so full you feel like you don’t need to eat for a year? Try not to do that. This goes back to the idea of mindful eating – pay attention to the cues your body is giving and stop eating when you’re comfortably full. You’ll feel a lot better if you do!
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