Mindfulness-based eating awareness helps adolescents eat healthier foods, be more active

How often do we open the fridge or pantry to see what we can snack on just because we are in the house?

How often do we sit in from to of the TV eating dinner, without even consciously thinking about what is going into our mouths or whether or not we are full?

Weight loss can be a struggle for many of us, but by employing mindfulness into our eating behavior, significant changes can be seen.

  1. Chew your food – each mouthful should be chewed 25 times too allow the enzymes in your mouth to activate the enzymes in your stomach to begin the process of digestion.
  2. Don’t sit in front of the TV to eat – Relax and enjoy the family or a friends company. Mindlessly eating in front of the TV doesn’t help us register when we are full.
  3. Think before you eat a snack – am I really hungry or am I just bored? Sometimes a glass of water is all you need.
  4. Don’t shovel your food down – Stop occasionally in between mouthfuls of food for a sip of drink. Put your cutlery down, allow the digestive process to happen at a relaxed pace.
  5.  Eat till you are 80% full, leave 20% for digestion to take place.
  6. Don’t eat when you are stressed – this will stop the digestive process. You will not be able to break down your food properly, and you won’t be able to absorb nutrients from your meal. Take a short walk, do 10 quick push ups and sit ups, or use breathing techniques to relax.
  7. Be grateful for the food in front of you