I’ve written a few times about mindfulness and as the year of the mindfulness revolution winds down, mindfulness itself will keep going. With the latest stats on obesity increasing, it’s time we bring mindfulness more into the mix to help stave off the worldwide issue.
Most people are engaging in mindless activities which also leads to mindless eating. There was a time in most cultures and even in the United States where families were more mindful and we ate at the dinner table. What we see more of today are families that eat in front the television. There is no family talks going on, except talking about the show or sporting event they are watching.
Even when we are out at restaurants many are mindlessly using their smart device. They are not paying attention to scarfing down that bowl of appetizers. They forgot that they ate a large steak with fries on the side. And they may be thinking later on, “Did I really eat that large chocolate cake after dinner?” Like many people, you may be feeling guilty later of having expanded your waistline by a couple of inches (or more) soon after dinner. And you may not have realized you ate that much.
Such is the state of the Western culture. Obesity and mindless eating.
Check out this Dr. Susan Albers site: http://eatingmindfully.com/
It’s time to bring mindful eating into your life. Be consciously aware of what and how you eat. Instead of rapidly woofing down your meal, slow down and chew more. Pay more attention. Make a note of what you eat and see if you can remember it later. Here are some additional suggestions to help you increase your awareness in eating and in life…
- Keep a journal and document what you eat. Being aware in this way will help with personal accountability and discipline.
- Have a close friend challenge you in being more mindful. Even use that friend as an accountability partner.
- When you eat outside of your home, choose to eat healthy and even smaller portions. Again, having a friend with will enable you to split a meal between you two. I do that quite a bit. It’s healthier and saves money too.
- Slow down your life. Instead of speeding along, stop and take notice of the moments. Take a breath and take in your surroundings.
- Get into mindfulness meditation. This is the ultimate mental training for awareness and stress reduction.
- Learn to stop reacting and instead, start responding. Stop and think before doing. Many times our emotions will get the best of us and this includes leading to mindless eating.
I hope these suggestions help you. In fact, they will only help when you make a decision to use them and then take action.
You have the ability to take back control of your eating and your life. Mindfulness is the key to beat mindlessness. Just do it!
Bob Choat, “Transformational Master Black Belt”
America’s #1 Mind-Body Transformation Expert and author of Mind Your Own Fitness