Have you been known to mindlessly devour a giant bag or bucket of popcorn while
watching your favorite movie?
I have, unfortunately–as recently as last week at the latest 007 blockbuster!
In fact, those popcorn kernels seemed to simply disappear!
The bag of light popcorn with Himalayan sea salt–which I snuck in via backpack–
was empty before I knew it!
Or are salty, greasy potato chips your go-to crave busting favorite?
Bet you can’t eat just one of them, either?
Or maybe you prefer a glass of red wine, cajun spiced peanuts or a dark chocolate bar while
catching the latest episode of Scandal or Grey’s Anatomy?
Before I became a health-conscious vegan, ice cream sundaes loaded with toppings or
warm apple pie a la mode used to be my “indulgence” of choice.
We all have our favorites!
If you nodded “yes” to any of these scenarios, it’s no surprise.
Like many of us, I am guilty of mindless eating.
And I must admit, sometimes it feels so good to be so bad!
Of course, I am sure you have your own mindless munchie favorites.
Those just happen to be mine.
Studies reveal that mindless eating can go unnoticed and lead to an unhealthy relationship
Some negative eating experiences may include anxiety, boredom, guilt, and cravings.
When do you munch mindlessly most often?
Some people tend to munch when they are watching TV, driving, preparing meals or working.
I am generally pretty disciplined most of the time, but TV time seems to be my downfall.
Want to Eat More Mindfully?
Althought mindless eating can wreck a diet, mindful eating is not really about dieting.
It’s actually about intensifying your experience with eating.
It can bring joy and awareness to mealtime, so you can develop a better relationship with what
goes on your plate.
In my own life, I have found that stocking my home with healthy, organic, natural whole foods
and a few healthy snacks such as nuts, dried fruit, fresh fruit and smoothie-making ingredients
helps me to lessen my cravings and eat healthier options.
Curious about the principles of mindful eating?
A few helpful mindful eating resources to check out:
This enlightening infographic by Health Perch offers some useful strategies to help you make more
mindful eating choices every day.
Holiday season is full of parties, dinners and constant reasons to eat so it is an especially easy time
to forget our resolve and nibble mindlessly.
Hopefully, these tips should be helpful to you.
Do you have problems with mindless eating?
Have you found ways to eat more mindfully that work for you?
Share your tips, thoughts and comments with us.