Hello, my friends; welcome back to the Diabetic Toolbox, where we believe you deserve a body that brings you joy. The American Academy of Family Physicians created a program entitled All Foods Fit; as a Diabetes Lifestyle Coach, I love this new way of thinking because it means that maybe we are moving away from categorizing foods as good or bad. When creating my menus for the week, I only started adhering to my plan once I started eating foods I loved to eat. Maybe you’re the same way. You would love to have buttered potatoes with a bit of gravy at Sunday dinner. Well, now you can. In today’s post, I want to talk to you not about what you eat but how you eat it.
In our world, most of us eat for convenience rather than for nutrition. We eat between meetings, picking our kids up, or dropping them off for their activities. Then, we grab something quick while rushing to community events or after-work obligations like school or a second job.
We eat for instant gratification rather than long-term health benefits, and our health is starting to pay the price.
Don’t worry; I will not pick on you; I understand. Adulting is hard, even in midlife; we have so many obligations each day that it can be tough to put our nutritional needs first.
Can you imagine learning a new way of slow eating in which you get to experience the tastes and textures of your food rather than wolfing it down in a hurry or snacking on the go?
I can help you to learn to slow down and eat mindfully! I can help you see the food you eat as medicine that nourishes your whole system and tastes delicious! This is how I learned to lose weight and keep it off five years later—my secret mindful eating.
So, what is mindful eating?
Mindful eating means taking the time to honor your food by choosing high-quality food, preparing it with care, and eating it slowly and mindfully using your five senses to enjoy it.
It means allocating quiet time to prepare and enjoy eating your meal without rushing or multitasking simultaneously.
Mindful eating is saying to yourself: “I respect my body enough to be mindful of what I put into it and how I eat.”
Think of this way of eating as a meditation. It means choosing to be present with your food and how you eat it.
My clients find that eating mindfully helps to:
- Sense intuitively when you are full.
- Gain way more satisfaction from eating.
- Develop a healthy relationship with food.
- See food as medicine.
- Discover new tastes and textures.
- Improve digestion (less gas and bloating).
- Regulate bowel movement.
- Discover food sensitivities.
- Create healthy habits that enliven you.
How will I know if it’s time for me to learn to eat mindfully?
Glad you asked! It’s time for you to practice mindful eating if you answer “YES” to any of these questions:
- You get bloated after eating.
- You scoff down your food like there is no tomorrow.
- You eat to feel full, not to enjoy the taste.
- You eat to numb out.
- You want to learn to enjoy healthy food.
- You feel bloated quickly.
- You gain weight easily.
- You crave sugar or starchy foods.
- You have difficulty focusing or a foggy brain.
- You feel lethargic after eating.
- You have allergies or hay fever.
- You feel addicted to eating foods that aren’t healthy for you, but you can’t stop.
- You tend to gain weight easily, especially in your belly
- You have extra pounds that won’t come off with diet and exercise.
What do I do now?
In my health coaching practice, I help clients discover what triggers them to overeat or binge eat. Then I lead them through a step-by-step process to learn how to eat mindfully and what to eat for their unique body type.
If you answered “YES” to any of the symptoms above, then click here now to join the Diabetes Weight Loss Lab.
I’ll help you understand what’s blocking you from eating mindfully, and I’ll show you how to get started.
Sometimes knowing what to do and doing it can be challenging. Isn’t it time for you to put your healing first, to love the food you eat instead of being afraid that it will increase your blood sugar or make you feel sick? Mindful eating will revolutionize the way you eat, end your dieting woes, and help you enjoy your food again; I promise.
With Peace & Love,
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