3 Big Reasons To Convert Your Diet To Mindful Eating
Mindful eating seems to be the hot topic on everyone’s minds lately. When it gets into popular or social media that people are using a technique or practice to lose weight or get healthy then it can be easy to file that thing under “diet” or, even worse, “fad diet” and just gloss over it. Mindful eating isn’t a diet, but it can end up being one of the best decisions you decide to make when it comes to your personal weight loss. Here are the top 3 reasons to kick your “diet” to the curb for a healthy dose of mindful eating.
1. Mindful eating doesn’t restrict what you eat.
Restricting what you can and can eat is the number one thing diets do. The thing is, that’s the number one reason that diets (particularly fad diets) end up failing for most people. When you have to pick from a list when you’re deciding what to make a meal with, you tend to get bored and feel restricted pretty fast which can lead to cheating or even quitting your diet altogether. Mindful eating is more about actively choosing healthy options without fully cutting anything out. When you don’t feel like you have to cheat you’re more likely to make a healthy and tasty choice for your meals.
2. Mindful eating isn’t a rigid structure.
Diets often have very little give or leeway in their plans. You have to eat this and only this at these times and no more or less often. Sure they give you plenty of structure, but eating out of habit or because you “have to” is what causes unhealthy relationships with food to begin with. The core of mindful eating is eating nourishing, tasty foods when you’re hungry and stopping when you’re full. It’s not something that you can make a mistake with because there are no wrong ways to eat mindfully.
3. Mindful eating doesn’t have to be done with or without anything else.
Mindful eating isn’t a diet, it’s a mindset and a lifestyle change that you choose to actively take part in. You don’t have to tailor an exercise plan to it or schedule your life around it. All you’re really doing is choosing to pay attention to your hunger cues and make good decisions about what to eat, when to eat, and when to stop. You can use it alongside anything you’re currently doing to lose weight or you can use it on its own just to make healthier decisions about what you’re choosing to eat. In the end, it’s all up to you.
The best part about mindful eating is that, while some diets “aren’t for everyone”, mindful eating is for everyone and anyone willing to take the time to listen to their bodies. You could start today with your next meal if you wanted to. In fact, that’s a pretty good idea.