Happy National Nutrition Month!
This is the time to become a conscious consumer – of food, that is. I challenge you to become more mindful of what and how much you are eating throughout the month. Pay attention to the unconscious nibbles here, bites there and gulps everywhere that make up your day. Write down what you consume daily for 30 days and I promise it will be an eye-opening, life changing activity.
Are you really hungry when you eat? Are you romanced by the social or environmental aspects of food regardless of your appetite?
One of the keys to mindful eating is “learning to be aware of physical hunger and satiety cues to guide your decision to begin eating and to stop eating” – according to The Center for Mindful Eating.
So the next time you eat – or drink something, ask yourself if you are really hungry or is there something else happening (i.e., stressed, tired, or bored, etc…). If you are genuinely hungry and it’s between meals, grab a snack between 100 -150 calories, such as a small apple with a tablespoon of almond butter or two tablespoons of hummus in a small pita pocket. Meals, of course, are larger between 350 – 600 calories, so choose portions wisely. Remember, if you are eating out chances are you are easily eating 1,000 calories for an entrée – so share food or take half to-go. By becoming more intimate with your true eating self, food becomes a nourishing, enjoyable part of life!
What did you eat today? Do you even know?
I hope to hear from you….