We've all been there, and maybe some of us are still there. It's visiting the fridge every 30 mins, or checking what is hidden deep in the pantry when we're not even hungry... A lot of us are working from home during the pandemic, and food is everywhere. Sometimes we are able to fight the craving, but other times, not so much...
Munchies (\ ˈmən-chēz):
- food for snacking; snacks
- a desire for snacks: usually with the
Let us introduce "Mindful Eating" to you. According to this article, mindful eating is "about using mindfulness to reach a state of full attention to your experiences, cravings, and physical cues when eating". Here are a few tips:
- Eating slowly and without distraction: no phones, no TV, because oftentimes we just keep eating since the show is not over yet.
- Listening to physical hunger cues and eating only until you’re full: listen to what your body is telling you, and eat slowly because it takes 20 minutes for you to realize you're full.
- Engaging your senses by noticing colors, smells, sounds, textures, and flavors: appreciate the food, and pay attention to every single detail to have the full experience.
- Learning to cope with guilt and anxiety about food: sometimes it is mental, so we need to learn the tools to manage our mind.
- Eating to maintain overall health and well-being: In the US, we have more food than we ever need, so it's easy to forget that we eat to maintain our health, and we should stay focused on this goal. Do junk foods help us with this goal?
- Noticing the effects food has on your feelings and figure: we all want to look good and present our best, so think twice before eating unhealthy food :)
There are habits we can adjust, methods to manage our mind, and purpose of eating we need to remind ourselves of. If we truly want to be healthy, body and mind, let's be mindful of what goes into our bodies. Let's do this together!