I don’t know about you, but I dieted more years than I like to admit. Those of us who did now know that dieting backfired in many ways. The compulsion to overeat (especially “forbidden” sweet treats and comfort food) and the tendency to eat quickly are two of the lingering consequences.
The good news is that we can undo this damage and regain our sanity, our peace and a comfortable weight. Let’s look at two powerful mindset shifts. People who never dieted know these things intuitively…
1. More food does not equal more pleasure.
Instead, more experience equals more pleasure.
Pleasure and overeating are not the same thing. This may seem like a no-duh to those who’ve never dieted but for those of us who have – we have to stop and chew on this a while…pardon the pun.
True eating-pleasure comes from slowing down and connecting with our eating experiences: eating food you enjoy, taking time to fully taste, smell, chew, and feel the deep satisfaction of being truly nourished.
One of the best ways to glean real pleasure from food is to wait to eat until you’re physically hungry.
2. Wait on physical hunger before you eat.
Food really hits the spot when you’re hungry, because there’s actually a spot to hit.
We can’t experience the good gift of pleasure if we’re eating on auto-pilot, gobbling our meal while driving to the next thing, taking big bites and swallowing after a few cursory chews. These mind-numbing habits set us up to eat right past “full”.
I know MINDFULNESS can seem like a wimpy little word – but it’s powerful indeed. As we begin to wait on true hunger before we eat and focus on getting full pleasure from our eating experiences, we naturally eat less. And of course that means we end up weighing less too.