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Does mindful eating work?
There must be thousands of diet schemes out there, so you have every right to be skeptical about mindful eating.
In my experience, mindful eating is easy to follow and very effective.
This is my simple plan for eating mindfully:
First, slow the freak down when you eat. Seriously, what is your hurry? Not only that, think about how disgusting it looks to wolf down your meal.
So, before that first bite, take a few seconds to think about what you are going to eat. Maybe a short prayer or meditation before you eat isn’t a bad idea.
Second, pay attention to what you’re eating. This means no distractions. Put your phone away. This is not the time for that. This is eating time. That means you should truly experience the food you’re eating.
Ask yourself how your food tastes. If it tastes good, savor it. Enjoy it. If what you’re eating doesn’t taste good, maybe this is a good time to stop eating it.
I suspect many of us get fat on food that we don’t even like that much. Which takes me to my next rule: only eat really good food.
Believe it or not, reasonably healthy food, when well-prepared, can taste amazing. If you don’t enjoy what you’re eating, you’re eating the wrong food or you’re eating it wrong. Either way, stop it.
My last rule is to avoid sugar like it’s poison – because it is. This isn’t super-easy. You won’t be able to find much sugar-free food, but you can watch out for food with a lot of sugar.
I try to avoid eating anything with more than 3 or 4 grams of sugar. If you just use this rule to pick the food you eat, you’re probably on the right track.
With this simple eating plan, if you’re hungry, eat something. But do it mindfully.
And cheat strategically. As I said yesterday, I cheat once a week with some fantastic peach cobbler.
We all cheat. Don’t beat yourself up over it.
Like I said, pretty simple. It’s been working wonders for me.
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