Today’s post was supposed to be about the Tornado & my new backpacks.
(which as I type & read sounds exceedingly boring. those ramblings may languish in drafts forever after all.)
After your comments yesterday, however, I decided to
trash that preempt that post & answer your mindful eating questions as best I can.
I challenge is I dont really know anything.
Ive not ready any mindful/intuitive eating books.
Im not a registered dietician.
Im not a nutritionist.
Im a misfit who grew frustrated with how she felt, STOPPED, paid attention, listened to her body (finally) & ended up where she is today.
Old. Forty two & three hundred plus days and feeling pretty damn ok about herself.
It has been a process (isnt everything? why did no one warn us about that when we were younger?) and for what it’s worth here are my thoughts & my process.**
What do I mean when I say mindful eating?
Being in the moment when I eat. Savoring. Embracing.
Food for me is *fuel* in the best way. A way to express appreciation for my body.
Food is my way of supporting my body in doing what I ask it to for me each day and never a form of denial or punishment.
How did I get started?
(When I began mindful eating it wasnt really a term which was used. Ive assembled all of this in hindsight)
- I became conscious about how food(s) made me feel (greetings gluten!): I changed nothing and simply journaled using words like full, bloated, itchy, tired, light, crabby etc.
- I re-found my hunger. Id been walking around STUFFED and hadn’t even noticed. I began to STOP before I ate and analyze my hunger on a scale from 1-5. One meant I was FAMISH. Five meant I was over-full. I learned I could not function if I let myself become a one & that three for me sometimes indicated I was ‘boredom eating.’
- I used a pair of jeans as a ‘weight-barometer’ & visited the scale only at doctor’s visits. I knew the jeans should fit easily (without lots of exercise or ANY calorie restriction) and if they didnt I viewed it all as information. I sat with said information and decided what to do (or not to do) about it.
- I still ate with some distraction. Now that I realize I was intuitive eating I repeatedly see ‘experts’ admonishing us to never eat near a computer, television etc. I won’t lie. I love me some tv watching or reading while I eat. For me it adds to the pleasure and does not cause me to overeat. Im a misfit.
How can you get started today?
This is a tough one as all I really *do* know is what worked for me & what I’d share with my clients back in the day when asked.
I give you an acronym.
It’s not my best work, but it’s my own personal mnemonic device.
- Make connection between food and feelings. (Not just emotions but literal feelings as described above.)
- Intuitive need not be a scary word. We are merely animals. When we stop, trust and listen our bodies intuitively know what they need. It *is* frightening initially & completely empowering over time.
- No distraction while eating. Savor. Experience. TASTE. Focus. No multitasking. (yeah. I am a little ‘do as I say not as I do. At least at first…)
- Don’t weigh. Shed the scale. Even just for a finite period of time. If you normally weigh weekly take a week off. This will be uncomfortable but mindful eating is all about shaking things up & getting outside of your comfort-zone.
(Stops. Notes hunger. Snacks. Sees she’s merely scratched surface even in this long post.)
Quite frankly that’s 100% where I am and how I got here.
Are you currently a mindful eater who has
better more clear tips to share?
Do you have a fave intuitive eating book to recommend?
Are you gearing up to try mindful eating & want to share your planned approach?
**wanna HEAR me talking about my process? come git all nostalgic with me and listen to our Two Fit Chicks episode on the topic of mindful eating. Just beginning to explore clean eating? Perhaps look at the Eat Clean Diet. We love us some Tosca! (and have for a while…)