As a Certified Nutrition Coach I’ve spent many years studying nutrition.
Since opening TFW Mahopac I’ve worked with hundreds of people.
People struggle with a lot of different things when it comes to nutrition. Many people lack motivation to build good eating habits or don’t understand what a healthy plate looks like.
But recently I’ve heard some of my clients talk about being a Mindless Eater.
It seems more and more I’m asked the question “how can I become a more mindful eater”?
The fact that I’m getting asked this question a lot is a great indicator that more people want to change.
They need to change but they want to do it without having to follow a super strict meal plan and sacrifice their life in the process.
Let me define the difference between eating mindlessly and eating mindfully.
Mindless eating can by defined as eating food without being aware of what you’re eating or how much food was eaten. We’ve all been there, rummaging through the cabinets to find something because we’re either bored, eating past full, emotionally eating or multi-tasking while eating. It’s basically eating just to eat.
Mindful eating or what I like to call, Awareness Eating.
Have you ever gone to a friend or family’s house for dinner and as you walked in the door you can smell what was cooking?
Have you ever finished a meal and really noticed the flavors of what you just ate? That’s being aware. When you become aware of what you’re eating you begin to notice all the great things food has to offer. When you become aware, you can change poor eating habits to more healthier ones.
Here are my four tips to help you become a more mindful eater:
1) Stop when your 80% full:
Listen to your body, stop eating when your satisfied. It takes 20 minutes for the signals from your stomach to reach your brain. This may be a habit that takes a few weeks to learn but when you do, it will help cut a lot of unwanted calories.
2) Eat when your body tells you to eat:
Our bodies have built in signals to tell us when to eat (growling stomach, low energy). Don’t wait until you are so hungry that you can eat the kitchen sink. When you’re low on energy or your stomach starts to growl it’s an indication that your body needs food.
3) Eat foods that are healthy and full of nutrients:
Eat nutrient dense foods like broccoli, kale, and spinach. These will keep you to be more satisfied and help your body function at a high level.
4) Plan ahead:
Always try to plan your meals and snacks ahead of time. By planning ahead you’re more likely to pack healthier meals and avoid random eating.
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Coach John's enthusiastic approach and positive energy will get anyone excited about fitness. However it's his ability to motivate and inspire people to do more not just in the dojo but in life that gets results.