8 lessons on intuitive eating from the Eat Well Challenge

I love this tip for turning a daily meal into a celebration. Making a colorful and tasty plate with food and enjoying the fun of cooking and eating are all ways to exercise conscious food. Studies suggest that the health benefits of Mediterranean-style foods, which include an abundance of vegetables, olive oil and seafood, are likely to be exacerbated by the tendency of people in the region to enjoy and enjoy their food and any meal. to transform into a party with friends and family.

Many readers have discovered that they have a habit of looking at their phones, reading, doing work, or watching television while eating. While there is nothing wrong with enjoying your food while watching the Super Bowl or on the night of a family movie, conscious food is best achieved if your focus is on the meal.

“My biggest aha moment so far: slowing down and really being present while I eat,” a reader shared. “I put my phone or book somewhere else and just focus on the taste, smell, texture, appearance of my food. I enjoy the food so much more than I enjoy it!”

A number of readers shared this advice, noting that once they became more aware of their eating habits, they noticed that they had a tendency to shake off a new forkful of food before they were even ready to chew. Learning to put the fork down between the bites helped her focus on the taste and texture of her food, instead of the next bite. A consistent theme I heard from readers is that conscious food also helped them to slowly slow down at the dinner table, making them realize how quickly they swallowed their food, a habit that was often learned in childhood.

A number of readers have told us that using smaller dishes has helped them to serve smaller portions and tune in to the hunger and satiety signals of their body. With smaller plates, seconds are still an option if you are still hungry.

“American tableware is enormous, and it’s really easy to fill the plate,” shared one reader. “Many of us were also trained by our parents to clean our plates, so we do not stop eating when we are full.”

By paying attention to hunger signals helped readers realize that it is better not to shop for food while they are hungry. Studies show that when people shop on an empty stomach, they do not buy more food – they buy higher-calorie, less healthy food. This happens because our brains are more reactive to “rewarding” sweet and salty foods when we are hungry.

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