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Mindful Eating February 7, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Mindfulness.

Mindfulness can carry over to what and how we eat . . . with good results.

By paying attention, we tend to stop when we are satisfied rather than waiting until we are stuffed.  We do a better job chewing and tasting our foods which gives our stomach time to tell the brain, “yup, we’re good.”

When we are paying attention to the choices we make, we tend to make better nutritional choices.  We eat more fruits and veggies and cut back on sugar, salt, additives, GMO’s, fast foods, junk foods, etc.

And our bodies thank us.

We feel younger, more energetic, and we may even drop a few pounds.

Aah . . . that’s better!



1. Jill Weatherholt - February 7, 2019

I agree, Nancy. Sadly, I know a few people who use food to cope with their sadness…that’s an entirely different post. I only eat when my stomach growls, fortunately that seems to happen at meal times. 🙂

nrhatch - February 7, 2019

Food often is used as a coping mechanism for grief, sorrow, sadness, and hopelessness. In the short term, it may be a “necessary” coping mechanism ~ that’s probably why funerals revolve around copious casseroles.

I’m like you . . . most of the time. I am a mindful eater during the day, making solid nutritional choices, but I snack if I’m watching a movie or TV show at night. I should write at night, right? 😀

2. Ally Bean - February 7, 2019

Agreed. And like Jill said above, not all people use food as nutrition, some use it to deal with unpleasant feelings– either eating too much or too little. The trick is to acknowledge that food is fuel and that feelings are what they are. Don’t mix up the two. Be mindful.

nrhatch - February 7, 2019

Good thinking, Ally. Food is fuel . . . but it also is a pleasurable part of our day that can add “spice” to life. I enjoy not chowing down on the exact same fuel day after day. We like to mix it up!

3. rivergirl1211 - February 7, 2019

I used to do that, then menopause hit. Now? I’m afraid it’s more mindless…

nrhatch - February 7, 2019

How’s that working out for you? 😉

rivergirl1211 - February 7, 2019

Tasty… but not healthy!

nrhatch - February 7, 2019

Each of us knows where our “trade off” is ~> when my weight and blood pressure are in the “right range,” I give myself a bit more slack. I tighten the reins if either of those numbers begins to creep up. Good luck finding the right balance for you!

4. L. Marie - February 7, 2019

rivergirl1211 and I are twins separated at birth. Same here. But I’m trying to do better by cutting back on sugar.

nrhatch - February 7, 2019

And if you succumb to temptation ~> enjoy every bite! Pay attention (see Val’s comment) and you may be able to enjoy the occasional slice of cheesecake without going overboard.

5. Val Boyko - February 7, 2019

Taking time over each mouthful and enjoying the taste, texture and sensations …. is so good 😋
And its even better when you know its doing your body good too!

nrhatch - February 7, 2019

Yes! The crossroads of Healthy and Delicious is where I want to be . . . and eat!

6. Kate Crimmins - February 7, 2019

Mindful eating is the only way to go. It’s the first bite or taste of something that is the best. The rest is just habit.

nrhatch - February 7, 2019

That’s a great point, Kate. There are “diminishing marginal returns” when it comes to the flavor of food . . . even our FAVORITE food.

Often when BFF has ice cream, I take 1-2 bites of his and I’m satisfied.

Kate Crimmins - February 7, 2019

Yep. I’m slightly lactose intolerant so a couple dabs will do me well. I rarely eat more than 1 Hershey’s kiss.

nrhatch - February 7, 2019

We keep Hershey’s Dark Chocolate Nuggets and Dove Dark Chocolate Promises here ~ one is (almost) always enough. 😀

7. Sheryl - February 7, 2019

Mindful eating is a good way to approach food.

nrhatch - February 7, 2019

Thanks for weighing in, Sheryl!

8. Debra - February 9, 2019

And there are supports for those who struggle with mindful eating! have been a Lifetime member of Weight Watchers for about a dozen years and still go to at least one meeting a month. Sometimes more! Some of us need the group support or we revert to the more negative patterns of emotional eating. I’m glad I found my support. 🙂

nrhatch - February 9, 2019

WW is a great program for teaching people to recognize that better choices make for better results! Glad it’s been a great support to you, Debra.

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