Mar 28, 04:11 pm
If you’re always on a “diet” but you only have extra pounds to show for it, you are likely the victim of mindless eating. Do you find yourself picking at food when talking on the phone or watching your favorite show? These habits quickly add up to a hundred calories here, and a few hundred there. Five pounds later you’re resolved to stuffing your face with burgers and fries.
Everything that goes into your mouth should be a conscious decision to nourish your body with the fuel it needs (not the junk you think you crave). A little practice in mindful eating is an important lesson to develop for the rest of your life. Bad habits only get harder to break with age!
Below are some practical tips on how to become a mindful eater and become sensitive to your body’s hunger signals:
1. First thing in the morning drink two glasses of water. This will help your body flush out the toxins accumulated at night and kick-start your metabolism.
2. Before breakfast, prepare green tea as a replacement for your morning coffee. Not only does green tea increase fat burn, the act of preparing the tea will keep you from mindlessly noshing on whatever is in sight.
3. Instead of grabbing a diet soda (which has been linked to overeating), prepare a healthy alternative. Water with fresh squeezed lemon and a dash of stevia (all-natural calorie-free sweetener) is a perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth. The lemon will act as a detoxifier for your body and will help quell cravings throughout the day.
4. Before diving into your main course, start with a generous plate of salad and veggies, like shredded carrots and cherry tomatoes. Avoid dressings with added sugar and prepare your own: a teaspoon of olive oil, fresh-queezed lemon, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper to taste.
5. If you have the case of the afternoon munchies tell yourself to stay focused and busy for the next 20 minutes. When time’s up, if you’re still hungry grab some baby carrots, cucumbers, or a piece of fruit to satisfy your urges.