Mindful Eating


Happy Tuesday! Before I get into anything about eating, I just wanted to mention all the fun that has been happening in the FitFluential family. If you are a follower of other FF Ambassador blogs, you may have read about the amazing time some lucky ladies had when they toured the Reebok World Headquarters last week. They were looking fierce in Reebok gear and killing a Crossfit WOD and cardio dance. If you are interested in joining Fitfluential, click here to fill out a membership form!

Mindful Eating

A few weeks ago I attended a webinar on Mindful Eating. Mindfulness is being present in the moment. There was some really great tips that I learned that I wanted to share with you all. We live in a society where food is around us 24/7. I think we have all stopped listening to the physical cues of hunger and just eat when we see food or because the clock says it’s time. Just look at how many holidays and social functions are focused around food.

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Here’s questions from Michelle May, M.D. to ask yourself to figure out your eating cycle:

  • Why do I eat?
  • When do I feel like eating?
  • What do I eat?
  • How do I eat?
  • How much do I eat?
  • Where do I invest the fuel I eat?

Dr. May also suggests asking yourself before you eat something, “Am I hungry?” This can help you distinguish between eating because food is in front of you or you actually have a physical need for food. If you are not sure you are hungry, you most likely are not. Many of us don’t even know what it feels like to be hungry anymore. It’s amazing that we were born knowing how much we were physically able to eat. Hunger is like a car’s gas tank on “E.” We need more fuel! So what are the signs of hunger? Growling, emptiness, low energy, shakiness, headache, or hunger pangs are all signs to get something in your gas tank.

I am not trying to lose weight but I found these tips to be really helpful. I often find myself snacking on something just because it’s there. I do a lot of mindless eating. Case in point: trail mix.

I also am a fast eater. That is something that I have always had a problem with especially now that I have toddlers. I have to eat as fast as possible before a meltdown happens or they decide they want my food. Food was meant to be enjoyed, not shoveled in your mouth as fast as possible!

I can’t say I’ll follow these guidelines 100% of the time but I’m going to try to re-learn my internal hunger cues and be more mindful in eating. I like that the whole approach to the theory is not depriving yourself of foods you love but just focusing on when you eat and why. Good points to take away for weight control for a lifetime.

For more information on mindful eating, check out Dr. May’s site, Am I Hungry?

Question of the Day

Are you a mindful eater?


15 comments on “Mindful Eating

  1. Thanks for sharing those questions! I remind myself to be more mindful when I think of it, but like you, I do a lot of mindless snacking and eat way too fast most meals. I need the constant reminder to slow down and enjoy the process, and what good fuel does for our bodies!
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  2. Great post! Always a working progress but improving and feeling better every day! I am actually reading “eat what you love and love what you eat” and talks a lot about mindful eating! Totally understand the eat fast toddler thing!!!

  3. Learning to be mindful has been a year-long focus for me. I have finally figured out what works for me — learning to ID triggers for mindless eating (triggers could be trigger foods like trail mix! or cheeze its! or basically anything that isn’t portion-controlled!), but also learning to ID when I’m going for food with emotional intentions vs. true hungry intentions. It’s HARD to do and to figure out but I’m getting there. It’s been eye opening to say the least.
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  4. Oh mindful eating. I will tell you that it took a long time to get control over it, and to this day there are certain things I can’t have in the house. 🙂 It’s a constant battle I think. 🙂
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  5. Trail mix is my mindless snack, too! I can go through way more than a portion, and not that it’s unhealthy but it’s high in calorie and spoils my appetite when mealtime rolls around. I’ve been working on distinguishing hunger from mindless eating, as you say, by asking myself if I’m hungry before taking the first bite. Sometimes it works, sometimes not, but I’m getting better 🙂 Thanks for these tips! REAlly helpful
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