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Your stomach is not your brain

I found this article on mindful eating from the Washington Post very interesting. For those who don’t know, mindful eating is simply the “diet” approach that you can lose or maintain weight by focusing in on what you are eating, without necessarily changing your diet. By focusing, you keep better track of how much you have eaten. you can also account for meal splurges, etc. It has been shown to be effective for many people.

I hope you read the article, but here were some of my highlights from it.

– The part about the amnesic patients really reminds me of life with my toddler right now. She loves to come up to me one hour after eating four bowls of cereal for breakfast and claim to be hungry. Hmm…

– I totally agree with the part about social cues. I always look around to see if other people are taking seconds at a social function before I take seconds myself. I had a very thin roommate once, and I felt compelled to eat salad around her.

– My favorite part was making sure you are eating really delicious food. At a summer camp once, someone told me he hated the french fries served at the cafeteria. I then asked him why I always saw him get seconds. He said it was because they were really bad fries, so he had to eat a lot to satisfy his craving for fries. I don’t think it works for everyone all the time. I know sometimes, I am drawn to eat more just because it was so yummy. But I have found other times that I can stop myself if I stop and really enjoy one awesome portion of whatever food it is.

What are your thoughts? Does mindful eating work for you? What social cues have you noticed change your intake? Do you eat less if the food is extra delicious? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

Have any nutrition questions? Need help with meal planning or a special dietary need? Send your questions to me at kimberlykmarsh(at)gmail(dot)com, and I will answer them in upcoming posts!

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Q&A: Single change

Pensive Pears

Pensive Pears

Q: What is the single thing you wish people would do differently about how they eat?

A: Wow, tough question.

All of us can change many things about our diets. No one is perfect. But I think one change can help bring about many of the other changes: mindfulness. I wish all of us would be more thoughtful and conscientious about what we are putting in our mouths. Even if it is a chocolate bar.

Why?

When we are mindful of our eating habits, we are in control of the situation. Control is the key for healthy eating. Whether it is stopping yourself from eating a snack when you aren’t hungry or realizing that a snack you thought was healthy actually has a lot of added salt or sugar. The knowledge we gain by thinking about each bite puts us in control.

That isn’t to say you can’t ever eat an “unhealthy” food. For example, I stopped myself from snacking on Halloween candy last Friday afternoon when I realized I was just bored. I thought through that I would really like to eat a treat while watching a movie with my husband that night. By being mindful of my eating, I was able to keep my sweet consumption in line but still enjoy my evening.

Stop and think the next time you eat. Think about how you feel before, during, and after eating. Ask why you are eating at all or that specific item. Read some labels. Measure a portion size. Even if it causes no diet change whatsoever, focusing on eating enhances the pleasure you derive from your food.

Thanks for the question. Happy eating and thinking!

Have any nutrition questions? Need help with meal planning or a special dietary need? Send your questions to me at kimberlykmarsh(at)gmail(dot)com, and I will answer them in upcoming posts!

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