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Best apps and courses on mindful eating

If you're on a mindful eating program, there are numerous eating apps and courses available to help you. Eating mindfully simply means that you choose to eat with awareness instead of eating without thinking. By eating more mindfully, you can avoid overeating while also enjoying normal food.

* Headspace – This is a website all about meditation and being mindful. They have a great mindful eating pack. It includes a mindful eating meditation series and other information and lessons to help you learn to eat more mindfully. You can also get the Headspace Diet book on Amazon.

Links:
Headspace- https://www.headspace.com/mindfulness/mindful-eating
Book - https://amzn.to/2Dv0CID

* In the Moment – This mindful eating tracker will help you improve your body awareness. It will guide you to make better food choices by giving you options. Plus, it gives you ideas for practicing decision making and living your entire life mindfully.
Link - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/in-the-moment-mindful-eating/id807652328?mt=8

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8 tips about mindful eating with children

One of the best things you can teach your children is to enjoy all aspects of their life in a mindful way. Mindful eating is just another way of saying that you focus on what you're experiencing right now in terms of your meal. These mindfulness lessons can begin by practicing mindful eating with children.

* No Screens at the Table – Don't bring your devices to the table and don't let them bring theirs. More than likely if you simply never do it, they won't even try to do it either. If you set up meals as important and part of the family life together, it'll become a healthy habit that you all stick to and enjoy.

* Turn Off the TV – It doesn't help to turn off the devices if you turn on the television instead. It is nice to enjoy shows with the family, but there is no reason today to turn it on during dinnertime. Today you can record and watch any show later. Keep mealtimes for meals and catching up.

* Turn the Music Down – Having some background music on can set the mood, but keep it low enough that you can enjoy good family time conversation. Give time for each child and adult to tell something about their day.

* Get Everyone to Help Plan and Prepare – When everyone has a part in planning and preparing meals, it makes it a lot easier for the parents to get it going, but also makes it more enjoyable and important to the kids. Even a first grader can set the table...

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8 tips to consider when having a busy life

If you're a super-busy person or you are going through a busier time than normal, you may wonder how in the world you can find the time to eat mindfully. However, you can. The thing is, we make time for the things that are important to us. If eating mindfully is important to you, you'll set your life up so that you can do it.

Start and End the Day with Relaxation

One thing about mindfulness that is needed is a sign or a practice to help you get ready for the day and to help you wind down so that you can sleep well at night. Luckily, relaxation can serve both purposes. It's all about how you think about it. What's more, you only need to set aside five to ten minutes each time.

Make Nutrition Important

We tend to pay attention to what is important to us. Sadly, because health issues take a while to show up, we tend to put nutrition on the back burner. This is a big mistake. Make nutrient just as important as brushing your teeth before bed, so that you actually make time for it.

Savor Your Food

Schedule in enough time to eat meals where you can savor your food. Every meal should take at least 20 minutes to eat. Setting aside enough time to eat the food in a way that makes it pleasurable and enjoyable is important for mindfulness even when you're busy...

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8 tips about mindful eating when eating out

One of the most difficult things for some people when it comes to eating mindfully is to be mindful even when they are eating out. Many people have no choice but to eat out due to work but just as many people enjoy eating out, and you should get to enjoy it too. You can eat out without ruining your health while eating mindfully.

* Research the Destination First – Go online and look at the menu before you go if you've never gone before. If you are part of the planning, make sure to pick a place that has good food cooked from scratch that can be adjusted to anyone's needs.

* Order as Planned – Using the information you gathered by looking at the menu online, you can choose what to order before you even go. You can also call them to find out if you can change anything to customize an order. At most from-scratch kitchens, this is possible.

* Ask for a To-Go Box Right Away – Most restaurants serve very large portions. Some of the portions are enough for four people. A serving size of pasta is about the size of a tennis ball. Put the extra away so that you only leave the right amount of food on your plate. Remember, you can get more.

* Check Your Hunger Level Often – Before you get to the place, and while you're eating, periodically check your hunger level. Don't keep shoving food in while you're talking just because it's there. Consciously check your hunger and push the food away from your research when you're done so you can focus on the others...

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Mindful eating to combat eating disorders

When someone has an eating disorder, it can be hard to find a way to eat in a healthy way that does not trigger eating problems. However, when it comes to mindful eating, studies show that it is a way to combat eating disorders.

Mindful eating is essentially learning how to pay attention when you eat, so that you can become more in tune with your body's signals of fullness by becoming aware of all the senses you use when you are eating or planning to eat. Because of this, mindful eating is not focused on good food or bad food, or a right or wrong way to eat. The focus is on simply being aware of your actions as you are doing them.

In addition, mindful eating helps anyone with eating disorders focus on the following:

* Real Hunger Signals – The body has about seven types of hunger signals it sends to your mind. Which ones are real and what else are they trying to feed? Maybe you just need to spend more time with your mother over having half that apple pie.

* Listening to Your Body – The body lies sometimes, so when you learn mindfulness you also learn how to properly interpret your body after years of ignoring its signals. It may take some time to get the signals right.

* Knowing Thirst versus Hunger – You can learn how your body differentiates its signals between hunger and thirst by learning to be more mindful. It may take a few months of questioning and listening, but you will get there. ...

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The 7 types of hunger

Your entire life you've likely been told to deny the natural signs your body gives you when it is hungry. Therefore, until you have retrained your body, you may have to really consider whether you are genuinely hungry or if it's something else.

There are seven types of hunger that have been identified. Let's go over each type and talk a bit about how you can ensure you feed that hunger without going overboard.

1. Eye Hunger

When you see good food, your eyes can see something they like so much that your eyes cause your brain to signal to your stomach that you need more food. The problem is, sometimes it's just your eyes and you're not really in need of food. You've heard the saying, "My eyes were bigger than my stomach." This fits here. When we first see food, that's how we decide what we want and how much we want.

2. Nose Hunger

Know how you can start out walking around the mall and not feel hunger but within a few moments of the sights and smells you're suddenly craving a Cinnabon? To feed this hunger, fix fragrant foods. You can also add essential oils to your day to feed this type of hunger.

3. Mouth Hunger

If you look at good food and your mouth waters, it's a sign that you may be hungry. What makes your mouth happy is usually a good combination of fat, salt, and sugar. Instant food manufacturers and restaurants know exactly how to do this. You can do it too but on a smaller scale to avoid overeating. Make all your food taste good, and you'll satisfy this type of hunger...

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Best tips to consider for eating mindfully

One of the reasons so many people are overweight is that people tend to eat mindlessly. In other words, they do not think about what they are eating, when they are eating, or why they are eating - much less how.

Eating mindfully requires planning and thought. The great thing is that when you do it, you tend to eat higher-quality food that contains more nutrients, but less of it, so you consume fewer calories and end up losing weight or maintaining weight loss.

Let's look at some of the best tips on how to eat mindfully.

* Eat Only When Hungry – This seems simple enough, but we've been trained since birth to eat during meal times. Meal times are arbitrary times that are designed for people who had to go work in the plant or the office and could only eat at these certain times. However, if you plan to eat only when truly hungry, you'll be a lot more mindful about your meals.

* Make Eating an Event – Even if you eat in the living room around the coffee table, you can make eating an event by always planning what you'll eat, where you'll eat it, and how you'll eat it. Plus, you should know why you are eating something too. It tastes good is a fine reason....

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9 things to avoid during meals

If you want to be more mindful when you eat, there are a few things you should avoid having around to ensure that you really can eat mindfully. Now keep in mind, especially if you have a family, that no mealtime will be uninterrupted. Having said that, you can try to make the experience more enjoyable by making it an important enough event in your life to avoid certain things that make eating mindfully impossible.

* Electronics – Unless you have a real reason to have them on such as waiting for an emergency call, all electronics should be off during mealtimes. This is especially true when you're enjoying meals with other people.

* Screens – During mealtime, the TV should not be on either. You don't need to watch the news, or movies, or anything during a good meal. Instead, focus on how good the food smells, looks, and tastes and be thankful about the nutrition you're ingesting.

* Calls – Mealtime lasts at the most 45 minutes for most people. Like electronics in general, if you're not waiting on an important call for a child or work, you can turn ringers off for the duration of the meal. You cannot do anything about anyone else during that time most of the time anyway. ..

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Mindful eating vs mindless eating

To better understand how you can incorporate mindful eating into your life, take the time to consider the difference between mindful and mindless eating. When you know the difference, you can practice mindfulness during eating more consciously.

Mindful Eating Means:

* Recognizing Nurturing Opportunities Surrounding Food – Humans like to interact, with food being the center of attention. This is a normal thing; after all, eating is a very pleasurable experience. It does more than just provide nutrition and life – which is everything; it provides pleasure and joy too.

* Understanding the Difference between the Different Kinds of Hunger – When you are eating mindfully, you don't place meaning on hunger that doesn't exist. You also don't think being hungry is a bad thing. You can analyze your feelings and choose how to deal with them.

* Not Judging Food Likes and Dislikes Harshly – When you eat mindfully, not only do you not place judgment on what you choose to eat, you don't do it to others (like your kids) either. There are plenty of choices one can make with food, so there is no reason to eat things you dislike. ...

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8 benefits of mindful eating


Learning to eat mindfully carries with it many benefits that are both obvious and not so obvious. The main thing is that by being more mindful about your eating, you're going to build better relationships, enjoy food more, and even lose some weight. Let's look at the many benefits of mindful eating.

Better Relationships

This is especially true for people who have experienced eating disorders. Sometimes food issues can cause relationship problems. However, when you focus on mindful eating, you will build stronger relationships because of the time spent together doing something as important to life as eating.

Less Stress

It's downright stressful to be worried about food constantly. The diet industries and media have made it really difficult to know what is right and wrong about nutrition. In the process, we forget to listen to what our bodies were telling us. Getting back to the body will reduce your stress exponentially.

More Enjoyment

Eating mindfully will bring back your joy surrounding food. Let's face it; food is supposed to be enjoyed. It should not be the minefield that it is for many people. There is room for all types of food in almost every diet....

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