Rethinking your meals could be the key to slimming down.
By Taylor Lupo from Colorado Health & Wellness
If you’ve ever sat eating a bag of potato chips while watching television or devoured lunch as you viciously typed away on your computer, you know what it’s like to chow down without even realizing how much you’re eating—or really noticed what you’re eating. Mindful eating can change this.
Mindful eating is derived from a Buddhist concept known as mindfulness, which involves a full awareness of what’s going on within you and around you. To eat mindfully, you must bring these principles to the table—pun intended—leaving distractions elsewhere. “It’s important to be fully aware of eating and enjoying the food that's right in front of you,” says Dr. Frank H. Chae, Medical Director of the Bariatric Surgery Center at Sky Ridge.
Mindful eating gives you the power to eat less and savor the foods in front of you more. Find out just how mindful eating works, and learn ways to eat more consciously, enjoy your food more and—bonus—lose weight.
- Stress levels
- Cognitive focus and memory
- Eat with your non-dominant hand
- Try using chopsticks
- Use a smaller utensil, or take smaller bites
- Chew your food well