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08/03/22

Wellness Wednesday; One Eating Habit That May Improve Your Health

Gulping a latte on the way to work, chomping a sandwich between meetings, munching on your kid’s fries on the way to soccer practice only to collapse, stressed, at the end of the day with a bag of chocolate chip cookies. Is it any wonder you feel tired, overwhelmed, and bloated?  

Eating mindlessly is not only a result of a busy lifestyle. It is often used to soothe unwanted emotions and feelings; A bag of chips when you frantically trying to meet a deadline or a pint of ice cream when you feel sad or lonely.  And while eating mindlessly can give you a quick fix, it often contributes to a host of longer-term physical issues such as weight gain, poor digestion, fatigue, and poor sleep.  But what does it mean to eat mindfully and with intention? Mindful eating includes:

  • Eating slowly and without distraction.
  • Listening to physical hunger cues and eating only until you’re full.
  • Distinguishing between true hunger and non-hunger triggers for eating.
  • Engaging your senses by noticing colors, smells, sounds, textures, and flavors.
  • Eating for health and well-being.
  • Noticing the effects food has on your feelings and body.
  • Appreciate your food. 

Small changes in your eating patterns will make a big difference.  This week choose three meals and try one or more of these mindful eating tips:

  • Eat your meal at a table.
  • Turn off all distractions while you eat, including laptops, phones, and TV (Ted Lasso will wait). 
  • Put your fork down for a moment between each bite. 
  • Utilize dimmer lighting or candles to create a relaxing atmosphere.
  • Breathe. 

We all lead busy and stressful lives, and eating mindfully is not easy. In fact, it is a habit that might take practice for some people.  But take a moment and slow down; your mind and body will thank you for it.

By: Sherri Sacconaghi, Creative Strategist at EPB&B Insurance, and former Health and Fitness Coach.