Mindful Eating: An Experiment

Posted by Brittany Reese on July 12, 2017
Entry #1 – July 11, 2017

Mindful Eating is something we have discussed in this blog before (read Deborah Brooks’s blog post on Mindful Eating) and our resident expert, Deborah Brooks, has taught several classes on the subject.

I learned about this technique during my studies and if asked, I could rattle off the benefits of this method of weight management, but I can’t say I’ve ever tried to mindfully eat outside of a classroom setting.

 

What exactly is mindful eating? According to The Center for Mindful Eating, “Mindful Eating is allowing yourself to become aware of the positive and nurturing opportunities that are available through food selection and preparation by respecting your own inner wisdom. By using all your senses in choosing to eat food that is both satisfying to you and nourishing to your body, acknowledging your responses to food (likes, dislikes or neutral) without judgment, and becoming aware of physical hunger and satiety cues to guide your decisions to begin and end eating, you can change your relationship to food.”

Recently, I’ve been wondering what benefits of Mindful Eating I would be able to experience if applied to my life. My policy concerning different diets and eating philosophies is to try it myself, so when I speak about it to a client I can have real world experience to share with them as well as all the available information and research on a given subject.

Other than for professional reasons, why else try this new philosophy surrounding weight management? Well, I’ve lost weight a few times and always employed the calorie counting method where I would track every morsel of food that entered my mouth and every workout completed. It worked great for me in the past.

But lately, I haven’t wanted to do this method to lose or maintain my weight. I find myself more and more not wanting to record everything I eat and calories counting isn’t working for me in my current lifestyle. I am looking for a different way to maintain my weight and I want whatever method of weight management or weight loss to be able to happen for the rest of my life.

That’s where Mindful Eating comes into play. I am curious if I stopped counting calories and recording everything if my weight would change-either positively or negatively. Obviously if I ate with reckless abandon I would probably end up gaining weight but being mindful about what and how much I eat just might be the lifestyle habit that can help me to maintain my current weight and possibly other areas of my life.

So, after doing some research on my own I have decided to do just that – employ Mindful Eating techniques to my life and see what happens. Throughout the next month I will post updates on how everything is going and what exactly I’ve learned throughout this experience. I invite you to please follow along with my journey and perhaps learn how this technique can be applied to you and your families lives.

Brittany Reese is a registered dietitian, personal trainer, group exercise instructor and food lover. Do you have questions or comments? Fill out the form below and we’ll get back to you very soon.

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