I was sick of restrictions,
and measuring food,
and figuring out what food to eat when, that I threw my hands up, waived the white flag and decided to try this mindful eating thing last year.
I had been at a great place with eating prior to having my second son and knew I could listen to my body and eat what felt right. And like I said, I was tired of the restriction and measuring so it was time to change it up.
A year later, so many failures and lessons learned! And I’m sharing it all with you!
Lesson 1: YOU need to be ready
I started this process last year but to be honest…it was NOT the right time for this change. I was dealing with some form of postpartum, injuries, trying to figure out being a mom of 2 little guys, working full time and trying to do it all.
When I tried to tap into my mind for what I should be eating, it kept telling me to eat junk, to have wine, to just be. And so I did. Of course that is not the point of mindful eating and it definitely did not help with the weight loss.
I wasn’t ready and if you are not ready, it will not work!
Lesson 2: Be Patient!
Like the saying goes…”Rome wasn’t built in a day.” That is also true when it comes to making a huge life change like the way you eat.
So recognize this is a process. It is going to take time, so just take it one day at a time. Be kind to yourself.
Lesson 3: Don’t just DO mindful eating, FEEL mindful eating
It wasn’t until I started asking myself how do I want to feel after I eat something that the mindful eating actually clicked for me.
Each time I wanted something to eat, I would ask myself 2 questions:
- How is this going to make me feel after I eat it?
- Is there something healthier I should be eating?
These 2 questions changed it all for me! When I answered these, I kept my goal in mind which was to heal and fuel my body while losing wight.
Before you start this process, really think about how you want to FEEL so you can tap into that when your cravings are calling you.
Lesson 4: Enjoy
Speaking of cravings….there are going to be days you just want whatever is calling to you regardless if it’s going to help you to your goal. That is okay! Have it! But have it in moderation. So for example, if you want chocolate, have 1 block or a handful of chocolate chips.
You can enjoy your food!
Lesson 5: Your body really knows what it should be eating
Once you get through the hard weeks of figuring out what works best for you and your body for foods. One day you wake up and just start craving healthy foods. It becomes automatic and then even better things happen….
Like waking up naturally and feeling awake, not groggy.
Or having more energy in the day to not need a second cup of coffee.
Or seeing your stomach be less bloated.
Or feeling great in a new outfit.
There is so much more to mindful eating but I didn’t want to write a book! I needed to share this with you because there is a clean eating plan for everyone out there…you just need to find the one that works for you. For me, this is working.
If you have any questions about mindful eating, let me know. I’d love to help you with your own mindful eating journey.
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Till next time….Sparkle on!