Bingeing: Use Mindful Eating

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Bingeing…day three….feeling trapped and reaching mindlessly for the next mouthful.  Enter mindful , 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 to “Bingeing: Use Mindful Eating”

  1. PhotoMyDiet says:

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

  2. 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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Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD

If you’re looking for an embodiment of dedication disguised as obsession, look no further. Marsha is a registered dietitian who has spent the last four decades working to help women give up dieting rules and understand how to truly take care of themselves. Her mission in life is to help women learn to enjoy eating and living well, without worries about their weight. She encourages women to embrace their love of food, which you might call being a foodie. If so, it’s appropriate because being a foodie means you pay attention when you eat. That’s a recipe made in heaven for eating well. Marsha is the President and Co-Owner of Green Mountain at Fox Run.

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