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Curb your eyes from controlling your palate through mindful eating!

February 1st, 2017

It is certainly hard to resist yourselves when hoardings advertising famous brands of delicious, mouth-watering desserts catch your eye when we are traveling. At that moment, we may ignore giving it a second look, but the name and details get registered in our subconscious mind. The next time we hop into a dessert parlor, we would certainly like to give it a try, making the advertising agenda for the product by the dessert company successful; the reason why they had put up the hoarding, to attract consumers.

This is how you get trapped each time due to your senses fulfilling your temptations and indulgences. The temptations become even more irresistible when one is sincerely striving to stick to a weight loss diet regime. And then we realize that the mind makes even more compelling demands to go for that extra slice of cake or chocolates when we have made up our mind to give up on them. This happens when we impose on ourselves to follow strict diets or make ourselves believe that we have to go through this austerity to get into better shapes.

How to successfully stick to your diet

A successful weight loss diet program can be judged by the fact that it doesn’t make us feel that we are on a “diet”. The more natural & realistic changes suggested in the diet, the most compliant one can be to it and find successful results.

Mindful eating, also called as intuitive eating, has its basis in the Buddhist teachings. It is a solution to deal with those irresistible temptations at the same time ensuring that we meet with success in our fitness journey. Forced deprivation can only lead to binging on junk foods later. Mindful eating makes us accountable for the food choices we make and not merely going by our sensory dictations. Mindful eating involves paying full attention to the activity of eating, without getting distracted by other activities such as watching TV or staring at our smart phones. The concept of mindful eating is to make ourselves enjoy the food we are savoring and pay attention to the minute details of food.

Components of Mindful Eating

Eating with attention and in silence

It is necessary to pay attention to the flavors, texture, and aroma of our meals when we are having meals. In this way, we are actually able to relish the eating experience. Often, we are unaware of what we eat since we are preoccupied with other thoughts & happen to just rush through our meal times, often just gulping in food.

Eating slowly

It is necessary to chew the food we eat properly; at least each morsel can be chewed 4-5 times. In this way, we can sense the satiety signals sent to the brains through our gut, and we can experience that we have reduced our portion sizes consumed in each meal automatically.

Distinguishing hunger cues from mental cravings

Whenever we get an urge to binge on junk foods, it is necessary to introspect & ask yourself how you are feeling – anger, hatred or frustration. Only if you are feeling hungry, then go for the food. In this way, hunger cues can be differentiated by cravings.

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