Did you know what the full form of DIET is? Well on a very lighter note we believe that it means Did I Eat That? Well, it is for you to know the answer to that question and to ask that angrily, shockingly, or happily! Well, there is one answer – mindful eating.
Whether you are working at home or working at your office far from home, your habits and lifestyle define your health. There will be several distractions and urges which force you to consume unhealthy things. No, we are not talking about having a pizza once a while or going out with your friends twice a month for those drinks. Doing anything in limits will never have a negative effect on your health. Another thing to consider here is your hereditary health problem which you could be prone to.
First of all, it is essential that you practice mindful eating. The brain usually takes about twenty minutes to understand whether the stomach is full or not. When you hog or binge eat fast, the brain is confused and does not process the signal well. Your stomach will already be full by then, but because the brain cannot process it you miss your control there itself.
Hence it is extremely important that you practice certain ways of mindful eating, especially during the quarantine. Here are a few easy tips that you can follow –
Eating Slowly And Without Distraction
When you are involved in eating something while you’re doing something else, you tend to distract and overeat. As a result, there’s a chance of overeating because you are not concentrating on the quantity you consume. For example, if you have a huge packet of chips you tend to finish it while you’re watching your favorite series. Here, if you care just take the quantity required and then enjoy your show, you will automatically eat slowly and less too.
Listening To Physical Hunger Cues And Eating Only Until You’re Full
Now here is an important takeaway – Only eat till your stomach is full, not until your heart is full!
We always listen to our mind when it comes to anything we have to decide, except what to eat. Many of us cannot even decide what we want to eat when we step out of the home. At home, it is even worse with the options we have. And then at the end of the day, we are tired of cooking or put extra efforts and end up cooking the easiest(processed or packaged foods) things we are handy too.
Another factor that has to be considered is the emotional eating that we do. Yes that is a thing and we all do it. Having desserts when we are sad, having cheesy stuff when we are happy (of course pizza to celebrate). But do we ever listen to our stomach who is actually hired for the job? Growling, or feeling at low energies or a headache. All these could be signals from your stomach. Firstly, it is important to discover what our hunger signals are and work on them when we receive them.
Mindful Eating Begins With Mindful Kitchen
You are what you eat and what you eat is what you get in your kitchen. The latter might seem like something new to you. We always wonder and look around our kitchen cupboards or the fridge to see what we can munch. Especially the summer might make us look into our fridge more. Here is the catch, stock your cabinets with healthy things so you end up eating healthy. Having food at intervals is the best way to maintain health. But what you eat in these intervals is also important. Hence, make sure you stock your fridge and cabinets with healthy stuff which can still be fun when you’re working from home.
It is all in your hands at the end of the day. Try having some cereal when you’re hungry or some dry fruits for a change. Try baked chips instead of fried ones. But most importantly, eat how much your body requires and make sure you’re letting out the energy you acquire to strike a balance.
Some other tips for your mindful eating –
- Eating to maintain overall health and well being
- Noticing the effects of food on your feelings and figure
- Appreciating your food
- Increase the variety of food
- Stop eating for the pleasure of taste
- Include portions of required nutrients
- Try having detox days in the week
- Don’t multitask while eating
- Understanding the origin and make of food rather than the taste of the end product
- Cook more to eat less
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