How to avoid mindless eating

STORY TIME! Last night I went to the fridge and took out a piece of fruit + some cottage cheese. I stood there for a moment just staring at the food. I wanted to eat it but realized, I wasn’t actually hungry, I was just bored. So, I put it all back in the fridge. #TrueStory
MINDLESS eating often results in weight gain or simply prevents people from reaching their goals.
Have you ever:
?eaten when you were bored?
?eaten because were sad or happy?
?eaten even though you were full?
I guarantee almost every one of you said “yes” to one or more of these questions.
I’ve spent the last 6 months being more MINDFUL when eating. For me this means:
?Eating only when I’m hungry
?Eating slowly and chewing my food
?Eating till I’m full or almost full
These ? might seem ridiculous BUT the reality is that a lot of us associate food with routine (eating because it’s lunch time), emotions ?? + combined with a lack of time, eating can become an unnatural process ?.
BENEFITS of mindfulness:
?I haven’t had to work too hard to maintain my weight despite 9 weeks of traveling + way more eating out than usual.
?I’ve avoided a lot of unnecessary calories by not eating out of boredom!
?Calorie counting and macro tracking alone can lead some people focus more on the numbers and cause them to lose touch with hunger levels. I remember counting calories and thinking I’ve got 500 calories left at 9pm, what should I eat..despite my lack of hunger.
?Less guilt about eating more. The truth is some days I need 3000 calories and some days I’m perfectly full and content with 1500.
It takes time to become more mindful. After 6 months I still have to be conscious of old habits..especially late at night.

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