Non-Diet Approach

What is mindful eating?

Mindful eating involves eating with non-judgemental enjoyment, while incorporating all of our senses.

It is a skill that can be applied daily, to help you break free from eating behaviours that no longer serve you. Such behaviours push you further away from tuning in to your body.

Mindful eating brings awareness to the present moment, and the activity at hand – eating!

How many of you can relate to this scenario? It’s been a stressful day, so you plonk yourself on the couch to watch MAFS with a packet of chocolate biscuits and start eating. Before you know it, the packet is empty, and you still don’t know the fate of 3 couples. And you’re not satisfied.

Little chocolate dessert puddings with strawberries and flowers on top.
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”If a craving never came from food, it’s unlikely to be fully quenched by food”.

That’s not to say that you can’t use food to manage emotions, it’s about evaluating your use of food to manage emotions.

Questions to ask yourself after eating could be how am I feeling after? Am I feeling content? Am I uncomfortably full? Do I have guilt? Do I feel energised?

If you are noticing uncomfortable symptoms after the event, mindful eating practices may assist with this.

Mindful eating is not about weight loss. This co-adoption is just another diet packaged up with a fancy new name (mindfulness). Unfortunately, mindful eating is not another diet, it focuses on how we eat, not what we eat.

When applied correctly, mindful eating can help to disentangle from unhelpful eating behaviours such as mindless eating (the exact opposite of mindful eating!).

You can discover more about mindful eating at Headspace.

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