Let’s face it; we live in a society of rushing, multitasking, and trying to squeeze more and more into our schedules. Do you ever find yourself eating a meal in the car, in front of the TV, or at your desk? Right after your done eating, do you still feel hungry? Do you remember what you ate? Mindless munching can be part of your daily routine and you may not even know it.
Paying attention to how you eat is just as important as paying attention to what you eat. Certain messages such as sensation of taste and satisfaction occur during eating, but when mindless eating is takes place; your brain may not receive these messages. As a result, your brain sends additional signals of hunger out, which can lead to health problems such as digestive distress, overeating and obesity.
Mindful eating means eating with awareness or awareness of the experience of eating. You can achieve this by paying close attention to what you’re eating and stopping when you’re full.
Take a moment and enjoy your food. For dinner, try Vegetarian Sloppy Joe or Fettuccine Alfredo, and since they are easy to make, use the extra time to sit down and enjoy your meal. The appropriate portion size will help you decide when to stop. If you are really in a hurry, don’t put just anything in your mouth; take something nutritious with you. Grab a Crisp n’ Crunch Cinnamon or Fudge Graham nutrition bar; they have enough nutrients to replace a meal and, since they’re ready to eat, they are the perfect grab and go treat.