Mindful Eating Tip of the Day

Mindful Eating Tip of the Day

Hi all and happy Wednesday! Some of you may or may not have heard of intuitive eating. Intuitive eating is a philosophy developed by nutrition professionals to help clients break the cycle of chronic dieting. People who chronically diet may experience a poor relationship with food. They have categorized foods as “good” and bad” and find themselves in a cycle of restriction that leads to binging. An intuitive eater is someone who makes food choices without guilt, respects their hunger cues and fullness, and enjoys the pleasure of eating. 

It may be difficult for competitive athletes to fully participate in intuitive eating because they have such high caloric and nutrient needs. It takes time to develop habits of intuitive eating and often times involves guidance from a Registered Dietitian. However, something we all can work on is being more mindful. We often lose ourselves in the patterns of daily life and are left with little opportunity to be fully present. Being more mindful in our day to day routine can ultimately help us improve our relationship with food and our bodies. Over the next few days I will be posting a tip to help you be more mindful in your eating habits. 

Todays mindful tip: “Respect your meal” 

Take 10 minutes, sit down, and define what this means to you. When we respect other individuals, we devote our attention and time. How can you respect what’s in front of you on your plate? Is it walking away from your desk at lunch to be fully present with your meal? Is it waking up 20 minutes early to cook a nutritious meal you truly enjoy? Maybe it’s even just spending a little extra time with just you and your coffee every day. How do you plan to respect your meal? 

-Amy Drachenberg, HCF Dietetic Intern

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