In our food-abundant society, it’s easy to eat without truly thinking about it. Many of us mindlessly snack while watching television, working on the computer or driving. Some of us turn to food when we’re not even hungry, instead eating because we’re stressed, angry, bored or sad. This lack of awareness can lead to unwanted weight gain and feelings of guilt.
Karen Handy, director for adult weight management programs at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, says many people struggle to align their food intake with their actual physiological need for nutrition. One way to deal with this is to be more mindful and aware during the eating process.
“We don’t always fully appreciate and savor the bites we take, so we end up taking more and more bites to achieve some level of satisfaction,” Handy says. “Approaching your food intake in a mindful way allows you to take back control of what you eat, when you eat and how much you eat.”
Here’s what you need to know to make changes.