Munch Mindfully with Strategies to Overcome Emotional Eating

During stressful or overwhelming days, it can be easy to turn to food to help us cope. We start craving comfort foods and indulgent snacks but usually feel guilty or even more stressed. Munch more mindfully with these strategies to help overcome emotional eating. Check Your Hunger As you experience a comfort food craving, check in with your hunger cues. If your go-to method of coping with stressful situations has been food for longer than you can remember, it can be hard to differentiate real hunger from emotional hunger. Take a moment to ask yourself if your body is physically hungry. Try delaying the snack or sipping water to see if the hunger subsides or continues. Also, ask yourself if your craving is for a specific food item. If your craving is specific, it can indicate emotional hunger. Checking your [...]

Mindful Eating – Making Every Bite Matter

In our fast-paced, modern lives, the act of eating has become more of a routine than a mindful experience. Instead of appreciating the food we are putting into our bodies, eating becomes a mindless habit that accompanies everyday tasks such as answering emails, watching TV, or driving. The prevalence of quick meals, processed foods, and distracted eating has uncoupled us from the essence of nourishing our bodies. Mindful eating has gained prominence as a holistic approach to creating a healthier relationship with food. By paying attention to the moment and savoring each bite, mindful eating encourages people to make every morsel matter. For many this fosters a more conscious and satisfying culinary experience. When applied to eating, mindfulness encourages individuals to engage all their senses; to appreciate the colors, textures, and flavors of each dish, and to be attuned to [...]