1 – Be mindful about what your putting in your body.
We all do it. We're in a hurry and we grab the quickest easiest thing we can and eat it standing in the kitchen, driving to work, whatever the case might be. We are not even thinking about what we are putting in our body. All the sugar, preservatives, and chemical filled foods. Most of us take better care of our cars then we do our bodies. After all, none of us would even think about putting anything other then gas in our cars. We know this is the correct fuel that will keep it running well. We also change the oil and keep up on regular maintenance.
Start doing the same for yourself. Think about the food your eating before you put it in your mouth. Is it real whole food? Can I pronounce the ingredients? How will this serve me? Will it give me energy? Start to put great things in your body and your body will perform great! Yes, it's that simple.
2 – Before you snack between meals ask yourself these questions.
When you're getting ready to set your self up with some yummy snacks ask yourself a few questions first, just to see if you really need more food.
Did I eat a good Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner? (Going back to #1) If not, you may need a healthy snack.
Am I thirsty? A lot of times when your thirsty or a little dehydrated you will feel hungry. Think about how much water you have had that day and then be sure to drink a tall glass of water and wait about 20 minutes. That might be all your body needed.
Am I just bored? Pay attention to how you really feel when your headed to the snack closet. Are you actually hungry or do you just need something to do. Try heading out for a walk, call a friend, do some reading, get a workout in. Sometimes you just need to keep your mind busy.
If you think you really might need a snack, keep it clean. An apple, nuts, pumpkin seeds. These are great snacks that will give you a little energy boost in the afternoon. Better then coffee!
3 – Pay attention to how fast your eating.
We are all so busy. We don't really take the time to enjoy our food. Taste it. Chew it. That's right I said chew. Make a point to chew your food completely. Count if you need to, about 25-50 chews per bite. This will also help your body digest and absorb nutrients better. Sometimes you even eat less. Most people eat so fast, myself included, that your body doesn't even know its full until it's too late, you already ate too much at this point. Take the time to enjoy your food (#1 again) Don't eat standing up, at your desk or work-space. Slow down and enjoy, taste, and chew your food.
I hope you can incorporate at least one or all of these mind-shifts into your daily eating habits. They will surely serve you well.
If there is someone you know who could use this information make sure to share it with them.
Take care of you