Bingeing: Use Mindful Eating

By Darla Breckenridge
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Bingeing…day three….feeling trapped and reaching mindlessly for the next mouthful.  Enter mindful eating, even in the midst of a binge. 

“Try this: place a forkful of food in your mouth. It doesn’t matter what the food is, but make it something you love —

let’s say it’s the  first nibble of three hot, fragrant, perfectly cooked ravioli ” says Jeff Gordinier of the  New York Times.

“Mindful eating is not a diet, or about giving up anything at all. It’s about experiencing food more intensely — especially the pleasure of it.

You can eat a cheeseburger mindfully, if you wish. You might enjoy it a lot more. Or you might decide, halfway through, that your body has had enough.”

Mindful eating can bring you back to your body, away from the mindless, numbing behavior of eating of bingeing.

“For many people, 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” reports Gordinier.

3 steps to mindful eating we use at Green Mountain are:

  • Notice:  the color, texture or shape of your food…describe it to yourself
  • Pause:  put down your fork, smell your next bite, breathe
  • Enjoy:  the taste, the chewing, your hunger or fullness

Have you experimented with a silent mindful meal at home? What comes up for you?

 

2 Responses (Add Yours)

  • PhotoMyDiet says:

    They say American’s eat to get full but the French eat for the taste.

  • Kim says:

    Darla, I’m still amazed how hard it is to actually put the fork down. It’s an amazing exercise. You don’t really know how mindless your eating is until you put that fork down and pause for a few seconds. I was always thinking about what I was going to eat next and not what I was already chewing. It showed me how much I’m missing!

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