A brief review of the principles of mindful eating, also often called intuitive eating, can help women who have already been to Green Mountain, as well as those who haven’t had a chance to visit us.
Mindful Eating – Intuitive Eating Strategies
Wait for hunger. Most of the time, watch for your body’s hunger cues as your signal that it’s time to eat. Eat enough to feel satisfied and comfortably full. For most of us, that will mean eating every 3-5 hours. Balanced meals that include grains/starchy vegetables, protein foods and vegetables and/or fruits promote satisfaction and satiety.
Eat what you want. If you don’t, you’ll likely find yourself overeating out of deprivation. Or you won’t be satisfied, and you may keep searching for food whether you are hungry or not. Remember that if what you want is always the richer choice, you may still be caught up in diet deprivation. Or maybe you need to work on changing your food preferences. In the latter case, the holidays probably aren’t the best time to take on that challenge.
Savor Your Food. When you are eating, remember to savor your foods with your eyes and nose as well as your mouth. Letting all your senses play a part can enhance your enjoyment and help you feel more satisfied.
Interested in Becoming an Intuitive Eater?
You can also learn more about intuitive eating in the book Intuitive Eating written by Evelyn Tribole, RD, and Elyse Resch, RD. These two pioneering registered dietitians actually coined the term in the 1990s. Their website details more guiding principles of the practice of intuitive eating.
Here’s another reading from the Green Mountain library on intuitive/mindful eating.
Consider a stay at Green Mountain at Fox Run where you will experience and practice intuitive and mindful eating principles.