Mindful Eating

March is nutrition month and nutrition is an area where I have struggled throughout my life. From trying crazy diets to signing up for countless programs, I have come to realize it’s simply about being more of a mindful eating.

I chatted with a registered dietitian about this and we discussed how it’s important to really be mindful and present when eating your meals. So this week, I kicked off the new month with a new mindset. I’m not counting calories. I’m not obsessing or labeling any food as ‘bad’. Instead, I’m enjoying and savoring real foods again! I’ve cut out bad carbs/sugars and interestingly enough, my cravings have left me. I struggled from November to the end of February with Seasonal Affective Disorder, but last week, I felt that shift as we turned to page to the new month and I launched myself into nutrition month by trying out a new approach to eating.

This image shows some tips that you can follow – but here is what has worked for me this past week (and it has already resulted in me reaching my first goal to get below 200lbs).

What is working for me so far:

  • Trying new recipes with healthy fats and proteins (very filling and satisfying) – I have tried about 4 new recipes this week with my free trial with The Diet Doctor (great website)
  • Listening to affirmations to shift my mindset – I signed up to this 21 day challenge 2 days before the 1st MORNING Affirmations for WEIGHT LOSS | Positive I AM Affirmations for Health
  • Making my meals a ritual – making my meals look pretty, sitting at the table (here’s one of the recipes I tried which I loved – Beef Stroganoff with cauliflower rice)
  • Drinking at least 4 litres of water per day (I also cut out my diet pepsi this week and replaced it with carbonated flavored spring water – because I love my bubbly drinks)
  • Staying alcohol free (as I post this – I’m at day 271 AF) – alcohol is empty calories and makes it so your liver has to metabolize that before anything else. I also lead a group to help others to #LoseDaBooze if you feel you need to make a change in this area
  • Making sure I move more – aiming for 10,000 steps a day and setting a reminder to move every hour as I have a desk job (the physical activity just goes hand in hand with healthy eating)
  • No eating past 6pm – dinner and done – brushing/flossing my teeth after my last meal of the day to mark the end of eating
  • I’m food journaling with photos which is so much fun compared to trying to track in those apps; I’m not counting macros or calories and posting in my FREE  Healthy4Life360 Group on Facebook; community / group support is key to success!

My journey is a process and I’ve learned so much over the years, including knowing that everyone is unique and what works for one may not work for another. This is why it’s so important to be mindful and really tune into your body. Also using the H.A.L.T. (checking in with yourself to see if you are hungry, angry, lonely or tired) analogy before picking anything up.

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