If you’re looking for a permanent way to maintain your weight, you may want to consider mindful eating. It’s an approach that focuses on eating when you’re hungry and stopping when you’re full. The idea is that if you truly listen to your body’s wants and needs, you’ll find your ideal weight.
What is mindfulness? It’s the awareness of what’s going on at any given moment. When applied to eating, it means paying attention to what you’re eating and why. For most people, this is easier said than done. We tend to eat meal after meal, snack after snack without really thinking about what we’re putting in our mouths.
The Mindful Meal
- Determine a bite size
- Take a bite
- Put your fork, spoon or knife down
- Put your hands either on the table or in your lap
- Chew your food completely and swallow
- Pause for a moment (a few seconds is all it takes)
- Decide if you’re still hungry.
- If you are, take another bite.
- If you’re not, your meal is done.
Source: “Mindful Eating: An Awareness Approach to Food,” Hope Health Quick-Read® brochure