Have your Cake and Really Eat it, too: The Benefits of Mindful Eating

It is absolutely essential to be in tune with our bodies so that we could enjoy better, fuller lives. Like virtually everything that we set our hearts and brains to, mindful eating is a habit one could learn to improve eating habits.

The concept of mindful eating is based on the Buddhist concept of mindfulness. This article from the Harvard Health Publications website describes mindful eating succinctly, saying that it involves taking in “the colors, smells, flavors, and textures of your food; chewing slowly; getting rid of distractions like TV or reading; and learning to cope with guilt and anxiety about food.”

 

 

Gradually easing into mindful eating is recommended by experts. It could not just be limited to slowing down and focusing on the sensory experience of tasting, chewing and swallowing to appreciate each bite or spoonful– it extends to behaviors like asking yourself, “Am I really hungry? Or just bored?” before opening the fridge for a snack; choosing a smaller plate for portion control, and others.

 

Studies show that mindful eating could help with eating disorders and weight problems, and possibly make you more aware of the unhealthy food choices you make. In an NIH-funded study, Duke University researchers and Jean Kristeller, Psychologist at Indiana State University, found that mindful eating could be used to treat binge eating. Those treated with mindfulness-based therapy performed better compared to those who received standard psychoeducational treatment. Keller says that mindfulness enables people to have a “moment of choice” between getting the craving and eating– therefore defining the difference between emotional and physical hunger for the mindful eater.

In a study published in the Journal of Marketing Research, lead researcher Blair Kidwell and her colleagues learned that participants who learned to define emotional states evoked by specific food products were able to make healthier food choices, which resulted in weight loss.

What about starting by cutting your sugar intake? We can help you there!

Leaflife Stevia zero-carb sweetener is an all-natural sweetener derived from the stevia rebaudiana plant. It has no calories, and can be used to flavor all your favorite desserts or drinks, minus all the guilt. Start being in control by making better food choices for optimum health.

 

Sources:

 

https://psychcentral.com

http://www.health.harvard.edu