As I kick off #NoTrackNovember, the most common question I’ve gotten as it pertains to not tracking food is “how do I avoid overeating?” In a lot of cases, the answer is simply learning to eat mindfully.
Most of us don’t do this- myself included. I tend to sit down with my dinner, turn on The Office, and eat so fast that I barely breathe.
Eating mindfully is essentially doing the opposite of that. It’s sitting down with your food, eliminating distractions, and taking your time to eat slowly and actually enjoy your food.
When we track our food, we know exactly what we’re eating, so listening to our bodies doesn’t really mean much. We know we’re eating 500 calories and 30g of protein no matter what, so it doesn’t matter if we sit at the table and eat it or sit on the couch and rewatch Threat Level Midnight for the 50th time.
The point of eating mindfully is to help you understand when you are actually full. When you slow your eating way down, you give your body a chance to keep up and let you “feel” that you’re starting to get full, vs eating so fast that you don’t realize you’re full into you’re sitting there in pain. Much like practicing meditation, it probably sounds very boring if you’ve never tried it, but it’s a VERY useful thing to practice.
During this month, I’m going to make it a point to eat mindfully for at least one meal per day- no TV and no phone, just sitting down and enjoying my food.
Do you/have you practiced mindful eating? Do you prefer it or do you find it too boring?