I’ve been privately mulling over my mindless eating habits for a while now, and reading MizFit’s post about mindful eating finally inspired me to write this post.
I’ve been a proponent of the intuitive eating approach for a year. That doesn’t mean I’m particularly good at eating mindfully!
When I began eating intuitively, it was easy to be conscious about every aspect of my eating. I rediscovered the joys of eating when I consciously savoured every single piece of chocolate or ice cream I put in my mouth. I tasted my forbidden foods and discovered my real food preferences (I don’t like high-fat ice cream). At some point I tried using a hunger scale to measure my feelings of hunger and satiety.
But then the novelty of intuitive eating wore off, and it was harder to stay mindful about my eating. Staying mindful is hard work, and it’s much easier to go back to the old automatic habits.
There’s one paragraph in Mizfit ‘s post that really grabbed my attention.
I’m a misfit who grew frustrated with how she felt, STOPPED, paid attention, listened to her body (finally) & ended up where she is today.
One thing that makes me shy away from mindful eating is the fact that I suspect eating has an important role in my life – as a convenient distraction. If I stopped every time before I put something into my mouth, how often would I be forced to admit that I don’t really crave food, I’m just bored and stuck in my life?
I would loath to give up such an easy – and relatively cheap – means of distraction.
I’m actually pretty satisfied with my eating these days and I must be doing something right because I’m gradually shrinking. I just wouldn’t call my way of eating especially mindful.
My question for you today:
Is it ok to eat chocolate and candy if you’re fully aware you’re doing that to distract yourself from your boring and unsatisfying life?