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Learning To Eat Mindfully

Yesterday, we began to add gentle movements in order to increase our physical activity. I hope you are writing in your journal and thinking about the kinds of exercise you already enjoy and those you would like to add.

Let’s see what’s going on in day 7 of the Weight Loss Lifestyle Challenge. Today, you are going to learn about mindful eating, and how it can be helpful when you are on a journey to create a healthy lifestyle.

What is Mindful Eating?

Mindful eating is simple a way to be more aware of your emotions and feelings, both physical and emotional, while you are eating. Mindfulness itself is about being present in the moment and really understanding what you are experiencing, so eating in this way is much the same.

Why is it Recommended?

The reason we recommend adding it to your healthy lifestyle is because it can send you a lot of signals about eating that help you understand what foods you do or don’t enjoy, which you are eating for emotional reasons or because you are truly hungry, and when you have reached satisfaction and fullness.

It is very easy to do. Just turn off all distractions during your meal so you can focus on the food and how your body feels while you are eating it. If you are eating on the run, you are not eating mindfully.

Tip – Start with just one meal a day where you eat without distractions and become more aware of the eating experience.

Journal Prompt – Do you often eat with distractions?

Have you enjoyed the challenge so far? If yes, how about signing up for the rest of the challenge in the form below? There’s so much more I would like you to experience. Here are some of the topics we will explore in the rest of the challenge:

  • Exercising outdoors
  • Is sugar bad for you (of special interest to diabetics)
  • Emotional eating
  • Drinking water
  • And so much more…

So don’t stop now. Remember, it takes 21 days to break a habit, according to the experts, so let’s break some habits and adopt some news. Sign up on the form below, and if you haven’t yet joined my Type 2 Diabetes Network, now is a good time to do so.