Mindful eating is how I would best describe what I do with my clients. For those of you who don’t know what mindful eating is, the best way I can describe it is that it’s a way to fix your relationship with food and stop dieting. Sounds good, right?
What is Mindful Eating?
Mindful eating is more than just being aware of your meal while you’re eating. It’s about finding the positives in your food and its preparation. It’s really knowing and learning to listen to your body’s hunger cues. It’s acknowledging your feelings regarding the food without judgment. Mindful eating is choosing to eat foods that are both enjoyable and nourishing and not eating food just because it’s “healthy.” Mindful eating is about more than just losing weight. It’s a part of living a truly mindful life. Being present and enjoying all the good and embracing all the bad. For more on mindful eating, read my Mindful Eating Journal article here!
Practicing Mindful Eating
Becoming a mindful eater is not easy, and it’s not something that can be done with the flip of a switch. It takes practice and an increase in overall mindfulness, and this requires having a good toolbox.
My Favorite Tools
- You Ate. This app is like a food journal for mindful eating. Instead of logging measurements and tracking calories and macros, you simply take a picture of your food and log whether or not it was on or off your path (a subjective decision that should be made without judgment of yourself). Plus, the app will ask you questions about each meal like why did you eat, what was your hunger level, and how were you feeling.
- Shine. This app is amazing for positive affirmations and creating gratitude in your life. Doing this helps you become more mindful and helps you appreciate the many wonderful things in your life which will translate into your food choices and eating habits. It’ll send you texts of positive affirmations along with some articles to read. While the free version is great, you can also upgrade for more features.
- Aura. I love this app for beginner and/or quick meditations. Each meditation is only 3 minutes. At first, I didn’t think I would feel the rewards of meditation so much in only 3 minutes, but I love it. It really gives me a little boost in the middle of the day if I start dragging. Plus, if I’m doing yoga at home, I use it for my shavasana.
- Am I Hungry? Virtual Coach. This app is more than the mindful eating journal. It walks you through the mindful eating process anytime you feel you want to eat. First, it asks you how you’re feeling on the Hunger Fullness scale. Then it takes you through more questions that will help you stay mindful.
- Sanity & Self. This is another mindfulness app, but geared only towards women. It includes meditations, fitness, and guided journaling. This is very much an all in one app for self care. It will help you with general mindfulness which will then translate into mindful eating.
Why I Find These Tools Helpful
I hope you find some of these tools helpful! I find that even when I feel I don’t have extra time to devote to these things, if I focus just a little bit of the time I maybe would have spent elsewhere, it makes me so much more productive and focused. It actually ends up giving me MORE time for the other important things in my life AND makes me better at them too!
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