Mindful Eating is about being conscious of why you are eating and what is going on inside of you. It is the whole picture of how and why you eat and less about what you actually eat.
Most of you are Mindless eaters though! You grab food without much thought, do not remember what or why you ate, and wonder why you are gaining weight! Most of you eat whatever you want every day without planning, thinking, or feeling! Common sense would tell you that you might need to become a more mindful eater rather than just mindlessly eating!
There are starting to be new diet books written about being Mindful Eaters and Eating Mindfully! At first I thought, Wow, this is it! They get it! The more I think about Mindful Eating though, I just get tired! Is it really possible to be on top of life like that? Can a person really be on top of their mind, body, feelings and thoughts all of the time, when overeating by only 100 calories per day can add up to 10 pounds of weight gain a year? There is so much room for error in mindful eating! Do we mindlessly eat which seems random, or mindfully eat which involves being so in touch with you, or is there another way to practice healthy eating?
Mindless Eating may seem random, but if you fill out a food journal for a few days, you will begin to see that it is not so random. You will see distinct patterns of eating. Maybe you are skipping breakfast, and hunger is extreme from lunch on! Maybe you hit the break room machines at 3 p.m. every day! Maybe you eat 1000's of calories while you fix dinner! Maybe you go to the movies once a week and eat a boatload of buttered popcorn!
There are 1000's of unhealthy diet habits that cause overeating. Some of you have more food habits that need changing than others! Lifestyle Solutions is not about changing your entire life! That is not doable! It is about making simple lasting changes slowly! This is not mindless eating or mindful eating, but simply changing your eating habits!
I would encourage each of you to pick three habits at a time to change. Work on those habits faithfully! When you have mastered one, add a new one! It is not rocket science! You are different from every other person on this earth, so a set diet will not necessarily work on your areas of difficulty!
Here are a few really easy eating habits to change that can help you to lose weight without really trying! If you make these changes I can almost guarantee that you will lose weight! They are habits that almost everyone does not practice! Ready?
There are so many healthy diet habits that you can add to your repertoire! As you become more cognizant of your personal habits, you can add lifestyle solutions that work for you, that do not involve mindful eating and being in touch with your mind, body, feelings and thoughts all of the time! That is just too much work!