In today’s fast-paced world we end up eating in the car, at our desks or in front of the TV. We’ve forgotten that eating is its own activity to savor and enjoy. Many times, we are not conscious of how much we are actually eating and end up overeating before we realize that we are actually stuffed.
Here are five ways to slow down and listen to your body:
1. Sit down to eat. Take time out of your day to enjoy a meal with your family. Not only will this slow you down, but it’s a great bonding experience.
2. Turn off the television. This will help you focus only on the food. You will also be less likely to be tempted by fast food commercials.
3. Take a bite, take a breath. Chewing helps with digestion and will allow you to enjoy your food more. Try putting your utensil down in between each bite.
4. Keep a food journal. Write down what you eat at each meal or snack and how you feel afterwards. This will help you be a more mindful eater.
5. Cook more. When you prepare your own meals you have control over the quality and quantity of ingredients. Your body’s natural intelligence will fine-tune your cooking style to create meals that are just what you need.
As you slowly incorporate these changes you will become a more conscious eater and be able to recognize if you are actually hungry or full. A recent article on MSNBC highlighted some of these very changes. For more ways to quiet the mind and listen to your body check out the story.