This is part 2 in the series of “When should I eat”. Answering, “Why should I eat?” helps you to uncover what drives the way you eat. At some stage in your life you may have lost touch with your natural appetite and satiety signals, or you handed the power of eating for you over to a DIET. Perhaps you have never really considered the value of eating well. On top of these conscious or unconscious choices, we share our lives with others, and have commitments that impact on what, when, why and how we eat.
I am often asked, “How can I trust my food choices when I have ended up here (unwell, overweight and feeling deflated)?” Building trust in your innate ability to choose what you need requires taking a mindful approach to eating and living. Trust your food choices through observation, choice and reflection.
Mindful eating is our second article in our three week series on mindfulness . Mindful eating is a compassionate observation of your eating habits. I mention compassionate, because it is a non-judgemental way of getting in touch with your way of eating. Mindful eating is being aware of what, why and how you are eating. It is the opposite of eating on autopilot. I am often asked if it is possible to become a mindful eater, and my answer is always “yes, as long as you see the benefit of the change”.
Defining Ideal Body Weight
Your ideal body weight is the weight, shape and size that is healthiest for you. We are all unique, so “one size definitely does not fill all”. This post poses questions to help you understand your ideal body weight.
I am continuing on with the ‘whys’ of eating this week. One of the main purposes of keeping a food diary is to uncover why you eat. Just focussing on what you eat will not produce lasting change or bring enjoyment to eating. Two of the big WHYS are boredom and emotional eating.
We are only two weeks into the New Year and I am noticing all of the diet propaganda emerging. From detox to weight loss diets – they are all there! A mindful approach to eating puts you in control of your choices, and frees you from the temptation of new diets.