How to Become a Mindful Eater
As someone who struggled with weight gain, I can attest how the need to eat mostly happens between your ears and not in the belly. Before I became a mindful eater, I would unthinkingly walk to the fridge and eat whatever I can find. Most of the time, my stomach would tell me I’m full but my mind would tell me otherwise.
For people who have gone through the same problem, getting out of it can be difficult. I know some people who required intervention from their loved ones to get them out of this unhealthy cycle. In my case, it took awareness and a health scare to snap me out of it.
To be mindful is to be aware with what’s happening to you. Unless you do not see the problem, you will continue with the unhealthy choices that you make. Sometimes it requires a life event for you to be proactive about your health.
Getting help is the first step to becoming a mindful eater. It does not have to be a professional help. You can talk to a trusted friend about your issues involving food. You may also help yourself by reading about how you can improve your health. The moment I noticed that I’m not healthy; I decided to find ways to get me out of my unhealthy habits.
Healthy Eating = Healthy Life
As the saying goes, you are what you eat. That is very true for people who are struggling with weight. Technically, we have been eating since the day we were born. It has become a very common activity that we take it for granted. Sometimes we stuff food in our mouths without even thinking about what it can do to our body.
The opposite happens when you become a mindful eater. Instead of thinking of eating as something automatic, what you do is you plan your meals ahead. This way you can monitor the kind of food you are eating.
Of course, this is something easier said than done. It was a struggle for me in the beginning. The good news is, it becomes easier with time. Another good news is I was never too hard on myself. There are days when I let loose and allow myself to indulge in my cravings. However, mindful eating has become “automatic” for me that I do not have to reinforce my commitment.
You can do the same too. Start by being mindful of the fact that you deserve to be healthy and happy.