Ditch the diet and look at food in a new way. Learn about mindful eating

By admin
10 February 2014

Tired of stressing over every single bit of food you put in your mouth? Read more about mindful eating.

Forget about dieting. Throw those overpriced books promising you a fabulous, skinny body in three weeks out of the window. Scrap that list on your wall forbidding you to eat certain foods because they’re on “the red list”. There’s more to life than measuring every morsel you put into your mouth, and certainly more to life than feeling guilty about having that extra slice of cake.

Instead of spending time and energy on what not to eat, what’s going to cause you to put on weight and what’s a no-no, try mindful eating.

What’s it all about?

Mindful eating involves allowing yourself to be aware of the positive and nurturing opportunities available through food selection.

Using all of your senses in choosing to eat food that’s satisfying to you and nourishing to your body. Mindful eaters are aware of their hunger, and act on it by eating healthy foods. So you eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full.

Listen to your body, and be conscious of what’s on your plate.

Sandra Aamodt, a neuroscientist and science writer, says you should work with your appetite instead of fearing it.

The Centre for Mindful Eating says, “Mindfulness promotes balance, choice, wisdom and acceptance of what is.”

Dieting is dangerous, and slashing calories leads to the loss of muscle mass and often gaining more weight. When you lose weight quickly, you’ll often put it back on with more fat, less muscle and a slower metabolism.

Some of the effects of dieting include:

-          Headaches, muscle cramps, fatigue

-          Loss of bone density

-          Increased risk of obesity and heart attack

-          Heart muscle loss, increased risk of heart attack, heart disease

-          Damage to blood vessels

Stay away from starvation diets, fasting, very low calorie diets, dodgy over-the-counter supplements and diet pills. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Cleanses and detoxes carry little scientific backing, and can be dangerous.

Love your body, love your curves and love your food.

Sources: webmd.com, livestrong.com, thecenterformindfuleating.org, ted.com

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