What is Mindful Eating?
Mindful eating is when you are using your mind instead of losing your mind around eating.
If you have struggled with an eating disorder, chances are your mind and body are not connected in a healthy way.
People that have overcome anorexia, bulimia and or binge eating disorder may still not be able to feel hunger and satiation the same way healthy individuals do.
This was a huge struggle for me personally after I stopped binging and purging. You see, the pleasure center in the brain of a bulimic is way over active when eating and that pleasure signal does not diminish even when your body is full. This may be why it is possible for bulimics to eat to the point of being sick.
Below is a free downloadable Hunger Scale that I used to help myself learn how to listen to my body again. I was amazed to discover that I could stop eating way before I was uncomfortable.
Using the Hunger Scale also taught me that I was not eating enough during the day. Once I started eating more throughout the day I was able to stop eating huge portions of food at night.
Try using this guide for one week and see how many mind body connections you can make.
Any step you take towards mindful eating is a step in the right direction. You can stop obsessing over food, "did I eat enough, did I eat too much?", and stop the yo-yo dieting(which is just another eating disorder) with just one step in the right direction.
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