Our fast paced diet-obsessed culture tends to see food in terms of numbers. We count calories, carb grams and measure our portions. We hope that more vigilance, more willpower, more control will bring the numbers down on the scale. How is that working for you? Maybe you know how many calories are in a slice of bread but don’t know when you body has eaten enough. All of this urgency to lose weight fast backfires as stress produces hormones such as cortisol, signaling your body to store excess fat.
In our rush to get to the next experience, the next moment of pleasure, we eat mindlessly and miss what is happening now. No wonder we end up feeling unfulfilled!
That satisfaction, that ecstasy you are looking for can be right here, now in this bite.
The ancient practice of mindfulness is simply putting your attention in a non-judgmental way on this present moment. When you come back to mindfulness, your mind rests here and now even for a fleeting moment. Here and now you can experience the satisfaction you are looking for. Since you are eating anyway, this slowing down, this brief pause in your day as you sit down to eat, does not need to take more time out of your busy day. When your mind is full – mindful – in this moment with this pleasure, your body’s ability to absorb nutrients doubles. The slower the pace of hand to mouth motion, the more your metabolism speeds up.
When you feel full, you recognize you have arrived at a moment of contentment. In this way, a meal has the potential to synchronize your mind with your body to experience harmony and satisfaction.
How you eat is as important as what you eat.
Mindful eating enhances your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing in these ways:
- Calms stress eating and promotes greater relaxation
- Relaxation facilitates digestive power to boost assimilation of nutrients
- Lessens the impulse that drive cravings
- Reduces obsession
- Creates new neuropathways in the brain
- Enhances self- observation so you naturally eat less, assisting you to return to your happy weight and staying there
When you become aware during the times you go unconscious, that is consciousness!
Being on autopilot is such a habit; it helps to have a coach to remind you to return to mindfulness as it becomes second nature. I look forward to assisting you in this return to consciousness.