Let’s take an example with sweet cravings. You can observe that at certain times you crave sweets.
Mindless approach, which we often see, is that when you crave sweets, you ‘intuitively’ feel the need for sweets. You say to yourself:“My body craves chocolate.” and you follow up by eating chocolate. Usually more than a piece of it. In that state you also eat it fast, almost inhale it, and in the end you are still not fully satisfied.
Mindful approach would be “I crave chocolate right now, but I know it is because I have been stressed. Is it chocolate that I crave or relax?”. You find out that what you crave is relaxation and therefore you focus on breathing slowly to calm yourself down and move around. Now you feel rested and maybe you decide to have a piece of chocolate, not because of the craving but because you simply want to enjoy it. You enjoy it slowly and you are fully satisfied with just a little.
Being mindful can be tricky
One of the biggest issues with being mindful is time investment into developing mindfulness. Often it is people who struggle with mindfulness the most, who don’t see a compelling reason to develop it. They often say they don’t have time to slow down. Then they search for tools that override these behaviours by setting rules like time restricted eating, keto diet, etc. If you are one of them, I challenge you to give it a try and practice it daily for a week.
Food and fitness industry leads us to disordered eating behaviours. Especially women.
Food industry constantly develops new ways how to serve you tastier, better looking, more enjoyable food.
This kind of food attacks your senses on all fronts:
Eating food that makes everything else taste bland often is disastrous, because your palate changes and you stop enjoying the “normal” food.
Fitness industry on the other hand promotes shakes, meal replacements and other dietary tools that should help you lose weight or build muscle, once again without being mindful about eating. Maybe that meal replacement shake works for you now, but will you keep drinking it for the rest of your life? Will you not eat normal, chewable food anymore? These unsustainable eating practices lead not only to failure sticking with a diet, but can make you feel like you failed yet another diet.
They never talk about things like:
Importance of developing a good relationship with food.
Exploring why you eat certain food.
What role food has in your life.