A balance of Mind-Body-Spirit

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Eat Mindfully All Day Long

This is the title of a chapter in the book "Eat, Drink and Weigh Less".

Now, I have come to realize that learning to eat mindfully is something I have worked on in the past, am still working on, and will probably always need to work on. It's a life long journey for me. I am never there but always learning and living.

So, reading this chapter should prove helpful. And I wanted to share a quote ~

"It comes down to two basic ideas: pace and mindfulness. Pace means deliberately eating enough at regular intervals so that you have the fuel you need to function well and keep your blood sugar at a relatively consistent level. Mindfulness means paying attention to your food choices - and savouring every bite, instead of nibbling, inhaling your food without chewing enough, or just plain eating without thought. What we want you to avoid is 'mindless sleep-eating'."

Very true.


Cindy said...

Thanks, love this Leonie

Leonie said...

I'm still working on it! lol!

Rachel May said...

Whew! Great reminder! Maryan recently shared that diabetics eat no sooner that 2 hours and no more than 4 hours after their last meal/snack. I've tried using the 2 hour guideline to pace myself and I'll admit it's been hard sometimes to wait 2 hours. :)

Cindy said...

I think this eating every 2-3 hours is good.

That is one thing I have really worked on the past 6 weeks or so. Portion control, and eating often. I liked knowing what I would be eating (more or less) as that cut down on the snacking factor (the high carb snacking that would get out of control)

I found that even if I was not super hungry, I would eat at that next interval and it gave me more energy. Also knowing I would be eating again soon kept me from binge snacking as much.

Not perfect eating, but I like what the intervals did- I think they also helped me listen to my body more without feeling deprived.

The minute I tell myself I am on a 'diet' my body (mind?) begs for food.. and not the healthy kind!

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