Are you looking for sweet or salty treats late in the evening? Do you feel better after eating a bowl of ice cream or frozen yogurt? Do you eat during periods of stress or loneliness? There are many reasons why we eat that aren't directly related to hunger. Are you really hungry after dinner or simply looking to treat yourself after a long day of work? (I must admit I do this, especially on Friday nights....like tonight). Most of us eat for reasons other than hunger, including emotional eating, eating out of boredom, or even for nostalgic reasons (the food reminds you of your mom or best friend).
In my role as a dietitian I support individuals in creating healthy relationships with food. One of the first things I work on with my clients is rediscovering those hunger cues and encouraging more mindful eating.
What is mindful eating?
I like to think of it as eating in the present. Meaning, you are not distracted and fully enjoying the mealtime experience. Noticing your surrounding environment, the texture, flavour, smells of the food, and most importantly being in tune with your physical hunger.
Being in tune with your physical hunger can be both a challenge and process. However, I enjoy helping people rediscover those hunger cues.
Last May I wrote an article on this very topic, read more here and see how you can start rediscovering your hunger cues and become a more mindful eater.
The next time you sit down to your meal try out some of the tips I suggest in my article, or at least give the hunger scale a try!
If you want direct support, please don't hesitate to connect with me! :)
Happy Friday folks!
Until next time,
Eat Right, Feel Right - Angela XO