7 tips to avoid mindless eating

September 1, 2020

We all succumb to mindless eating from time to time. 

Instead of beating yourself up, try following these 7 tips to help curb your mindless eating habits and keep your cravings in check.

women eating junk food in front of the tv

During this pandemic we have become experts at mindless eating….the result? 

Our meals are eaten in record time and no conscious eating habits. If you have found yourself halfway through a bag of chips only to think, “why am I eating this?” you aren’t the only one. 

Try these 7 tips to help you avoid mindless eating.

Tip #1 Take time to breathe

If you are feeling stressed about your day, or the kids are being naughty whilst you are preparing the meal try to take a few moments before you sit down to eat. 

Taking a few slow, deep breaths will help both your body and mind to relax. Eating whilst stressed will have a negative impact on your digestion.

Tip #2 Where did it come from

Have you ever sat down to a exquisite meal and thought to yourself where it came from. 

Have you ever imagined each ingredient in its original environment and the people who may have tended to it. 

Most of us have no idea where our food actually comes from. Tracing your food chain is an interesting thing to do.

Tip #3 Be thankful

Without going on a total guilt trip, take a moment to appreciate the fact that you have food on your plate. 

This will bring a feeling of thankfulness, which is at the heart of mindfulness. Giving thanks for your food is a lovely way to start a dining experience. 

Food is an important part of our life, without it we cannot survive. 

Tip#4 Bring awareness to your senses

If you’re going to eat with your hands, notice its temperature, colours and texture. 

When you move it to your mouth, shift your focus on the aroma and then whilst chewing your food, experience the pleasure of the taste of each bite.

Tip #5 Notice how your mind responds

Do you like what you’re eating? Do you wish it were sweeter? Saltier? Less Spicy? 

Are you comparing it with other meals. Are you present in this dining experience or are you wishing you were eating something else?

Tip #6 Focus on your food

Taken a few bites and already distracted? The second you realise your mind has wandered off, gently bring your attention back to your meal.  

Eating at a slow, steady pace is great for digestion, plus chewing your food properly helps your body absorb more nutrients.

Tip #7 Leave something on your plate.

Even though we were taught that its rude to leave food on your plate you should leave a little food on your plate to show the host that their meal was filling and satisfying. 

When you focus on your food whilst eating, you’re much less likely to overeat and consume things that don’t nourish you. 

Just before you finish your meal take a few deep breaths and once again before you get up to leave the table.

More Articles from our Blog…

9 signs you are addicted to technology

9 signs you are addicted to technology

You can reclaim your life, by being more present and noticing these 9 signs you are addicted to technology. Technology…
Conquering the Zit Zone

Conquering the Zit Zone

Conquering the zit zone is not easy, especially when you’re a teenager or when you’ve got your period. Pimples are…
12 secrets to feeling happier

12 secrets to feeling happier

If you feel sad more often than you’d like to admit, or feel that you have nothing to smile about,…

Leave a Reply