So, this is something I’d been looking to try for a while – I am very guilty of shovelling in food as quickly as possible and rarely taking the time to really savour what I am eating. I recently did a MOOC on mindfulness and this was one aspect of the course. The course leaders showed how to eat mindfully with a blueberry and with a biscuit and it seemed impossible to me to take that much time over each and every mouthful of food. However, mindfulness has been working well for me in other aspects of my life, so I decided to give this a go.
I found it easy enough with the first few mouthfuls and it has helped that I’ve been eating a wider variety of healthy, delicious food, but after a bit, I seem to go back into default mode and then before I know it, the shovelling has recommenced. Studies seem to show that being more mindful with food and taking more time over it can help with weight loss – basically needing less food to feel satisfied and allowing yourself to reach satiety before you’ve overeaten, so it’s something I want to persevere with. General mindfulness was difficult for me for many years, so I know it’s not something I will master overnight, but longer term, I feel this can be a good strategy to help me maintain my weight.
I went back to work this week, after 2 weeks off on holiday and I found my healthy eating quickly back sliding, as I struggled to pack the right lunches based on my location – I work across a number of locations and some have better facitilities than others. I would always rather pack soup or leftovers I can heat in the microwave, but it’s not always feasible, so my plan for this week is to map out my week and pack lunch accordingly. If I get too hungry at lunch, I tend to start making very bad choices. And I want to continue making good choices.