Mindful eating is a tool that can help foster a healthy relationship with food and help you finally ditch the dieting mindset for good. Unlike dieting, eating mindfully helps you step outside the superficial reasons for eating healthily and refocus your energies on body nourishment. By eating for nourishment, you can ward off the dangerous weight loss and fad diet noise interfering with what your body truly needs for satiety. Starting a mindful eating habit is super simple, all it takes is setting an intention around your eating.
The first step toward a mindful eating habit is setting up an eating schedule with foods you enjoy eating. By pre-planning meals and snacks with your logical mind, you will make healthier smarter food choices when you do go to eat. My advice is to start your day with a low sugar breakfast like oatmeal or egg white and veggie omelet and 8 oz. of water. This simple first intentional step will boost your metabolism and ward off dehydration from the nightly fasting. To best round-out your mindful eating plan, follow breakfast with a mid-morning snack, then lunch, afternoon snack, and finally a lean dinner to keep your energy up and insulin level throughout the day.
To put your plan into action, set alarms on your phone to remind yourself to eat at your scheduled “feeding” times. It’s imperative you only eat or snack at your scheduled “feeding” times so that mindless or emotional eating habits don’t creep in. Also designating at least one meal prep day each week to mix up your meals will keep the boredom away.
Your new mindful eating habit will make your food work for you rather than against you. Let the days of body shaming and guilt be a distant memory when it comes to making food choices that nourish rather than negate your body of its awesomeness. Mindful eating has never looked so good on you.