Eat Mindfully

22 Mar

Let's get personal. Do you suffer from bloating, burping, and gas often? Are you gaining weight easily? Are you always eating on the run? Do you eat when you're emotional, tense, or angry?

This week's aloha tip is to remind you to eat mindfully. 

The purpose of eating is to nourish the body with the fuel it needs to optimize your health. The healthier your choices, the better you will keep your body energized and maintain mental clarity. 

Today's lifestyles make it all too tempting not only to eat unhealthy and convenience foods but also to eat too fast. When you have a deadline to hit, when you're eating on a budget, and when you're not a great cook, it's easy to make poor food choices.

However, you can choose to be more mindful about how you eat. To get the most out of your meal, eat slowly. When you eat more slowly, you will taste your food better and enjoy your meal more. Consider creating a relaxing environment to help encourage a slower pace. Focus on a relaxing image or play relaxing music. You can play music on your phone or look out the window. Take a few deep breaths before you eat. Put down your fork (or sandwich) in between every bite. And, if you're talking with someone while you eat, don't talk with your mouth full. 

If possible, sit outside to eat. Being in nature will help nourish your other senses and the fresh air may also help reduce stress. Wherever you choose to eat, try to at least eat away from your work station. If you're at your desk, you'll be more tempted to look at work emails or continue working on an assignment, which pulls your attention from your meal. 

Remove as many other distractions as possible to help you focus on every bite of food. Move away from people talking or fighting. Don't eat in front of the television either. You might end up eating more food than necessary if you're not paying attention. 

Lastly, consider keeping a food log to track every bite of food. By raising your awareness of what and how much you're eating, you can make the appropriate changes to improve your health.

Bon appetit!

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