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Eat Mindfully

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Eat Mindfully

Eating mindfully is a technique that aims to help us focus on what we’re eating and how full we’re feeling.

Restaurants with huge servings on over-sized plates and jumbo bags of snack foods can tempt us to eat when we’re not really hungry. We can also mindlessly eat too much when we’re distracted - like when watching TV.

Eating mindfully is a great way to eat the amount of food our body really needs, which is usually less than we would eat when we are distracted.

A few strategies

Try putting these mindful eating strategies into practice more often:

  • Sit at the table during meals and set aside enough time to enjoy your food.
  • Turn off the TV and put down smart phone, tablet and other electronic devices to limit distractions.
  • Put your fork down between bites.
  • Eat slowly, appreciating each different taste and texture.
  • Eat when hungry and stop when you feel satisfied.
  • Use smaller plates and bowls can help you keep portions in check.

Snack Strategically

Snacking is a great way to keep your appetite in check and prevent overeating later on. Keep in mind that reaching for nutrient-poor snacks can leave you famished an hour later or ready to snooze at your desk.

For staying power, have a nutrient-rich snack with protein and fibre like this Ricotta Rice Pudding with Fresh Berries. It will help keep you energized and satisfied until your next meal.

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