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.

4 comments:

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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