It's not a diet. There are no menus or food restrictions. It is developing a new mindset around food.
In a nutshell, whether you are overeating or being overly restrictive when you diet, it's likely that you have lost track of your hunger and fullness. This break between your body and mind needs to be healed.
Mindful eating is perfect for stress eating issues: stress disconnects your body from your mind. And here eating mindfully comes in.
1. Mindful eating plugs you back into your body's cues so you know when to stop and start eating. This can be such a difficult task if your sense of hunger and fullness has been skewed or warped by large restaurant portions, fad diets or comfort eating.
2. Being mindful can bring about better management of your emotions. Sometimes people restrict or overeat as a way to cope with negative feelings. Eating and not eating can distract you from your worries. When you have healthier ways of coping, such as mindful breathing and letting go of anxiety, you may no longer manage your emotions through your food choices. You can tolerate your emotions, as uncomfortable as they may be, without pushing them away or stuffing them down with food.
3. Mindfulness changes the way you think. Rather than reacting to food-related thoughts that urge you to overeat, overly restrict your diet or emotionally eat, etc., you respond to them. You can hear these thoughts without obeying them.
So if you aren't stress eating, don't worry. Mindful eating can be helpful to almost everyone.
For many women, eating when stressed means eating fast, means eating more. Mindful eating is meant to nudge us beyond what we’re craving so that we wake up to why we’re craving it and what factors might be stoking the habit of belly-stuffing.
Mindful eating is not a diet.
It is no longer about punishment, deprivation or guilt.
It is about reaching optimal weight, and developing healthy and joyful relationship with food.