Have you ever eaten an entire bag of chips without realizing it until you’re at the bottom of the bag searching for crumbs? You’re not alone. Eating has become a mindless activity — something we rush through — often in front of a computer or television screen — without thinking about it. We eat whether we’re hungry or not. Sometimes we eat to satisfy feelings of anxiety, stress, and depression. With the Covid-19 pandemic, this is truer now more than ever. While doctors anecdotally speak of the “quarantine 15” weight gain in patients, Nutritsystem, the weight-loss product service provider, released a study that found 76% of Americans have gained up to 16 pounds during quarantine since mid-March.
Whether you need to lose weight or gain weight, mindful eating could help you establish a healthier connection with food. The practice involves being deeply aware of your senses and physical cues as you eat. Here are 7 beginner tips:
1. Eat to satisfy hunger
2. Eat with intention
3. Appreciate your food
4. Eat slowly
5. Use your senses
6. Turn off electronics
7. Notice how food makes you feel
Like other practices, mindful eating gets easier over time. Incorporating it into your lifestyle can make eating more enjoyable and have a positive impact on your long term health.
Written by Katy Savage