- Juanita Weaver-Reiss
Beginning the mindful eating journey - How to do an Un-diet and lose weight for good
Updated: Oct 21, 2020
A way to enjoy your food
Do you eat in front of the television?
Do you eat while you are working on the computer or looking at your phone?
Do you eat while you do your work or schoolwork?
If you answered yes to any of the questions:
When you do activities or tasks while you eat, it is difficult to pay attention to your body's signals and to the food we are eating. This is called distracted eating. Distracted eating leads to eating more food and not enjoying your food as much.
Does it really make a difference if I eat mindfully or if I eat in front of the television?
It really does make a difference. It makes a difference in the amount of food you will eat or not eat.
Individuals who ate while watching television during a study, ate 36% more pizza and 71% more macaroni and cheese. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16822530/
Benefits of not being distracted when you eat:
you are aware of how you eat, what you eat, how much, and why
you are aware of your body's hunger and fullness signals and can use them to gauge when to eat and when to stop
you enjoy your food by tasting and savoring it fully
eating fewer calories
There are other benefits but these come to mind when you unplug from distractions when you eat.
Practice eating without distractions.
What was your experience with this?
How did this influence how much you ate?
How did this influence how you enjoyed your food?
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