Conscious Eating Tips
Here are some practices to start building now for those times when your emotions get the best of you and your eating spirals out of your conscious control. Click here to read the full article on “Conscious Eating the Foods you Love.”
- Become more conscious of how and when you eat.
- Look at portion size, how fast you eat, how you feel as you eat, and your familial and cultural patterns around food.
- Also notice what you were feeling just before you impulsively went to the fridge or pulled in to buy a snack. If this is complicated, journal or make a chart about your most likely triggers and the ways you succumb to impulsive or self-destructive eating.
- Devise strategies to counteract your eating impulses
- Prepare healthy food ahead of time and keep it clearly visible when those cravings and impulses roar loudly.
- Put hummus; carrot and celery sticks; soaked raw nuts; ready-to-eat fruit; front and center in your fridge or on your desk. Hummus and nuts have protein and fat that satisfy food cravings; carrots and celery are crunchy and help your mouth and jaw feel the act of eating as you chew them well.
- Frozen grapes or berries can replace ice cream as a cold, sweet go-to. Eaten one at a time, they are very satisfying and can help you regain consciousness about what you are doing.
Avoid eating while distracted
- Don’t eat in front of the TV, computer, or while doing other things. When eating at a new restaurant with friends, focus on your eating.
- It’s easy to overeat /undereat where there are many interesting and unknown food choices and/or social distractions and triggers to keep you unaware of your body’s needs.
Take more time to eat. Slow down and savor your food. Fresh healthy food is a gift you give to your body. Conscious eating practices are also an important part of feeding yourself with love. Bon Appetite!
*** This article first appeared in Living Aloha Magazine, July/August 2014. www.livingaloha.net
Take more time to eat. Slow down and savor your food.
Fresh healthy food is a gift you give to your body. Conscious eating practices are also an important part of feeding yourself with love. Bon Appetite!