Ever get to the end of a meal, look down at your plate and realize you barely remember eating. Where did the food go? I mean, you were present at the meal, but hardly register having consumed it. And what’s worse is you are still hungry. What is the deal??
This is a classic case of mindless eating and I’ve been guilty of this at various times throughout my life. Common culprits are easy to identify: During a meal, I would find myself doing any one (or more) of the following:
– Watching TV
– Checking Email
– Reading a Magazine
– Looking at Facebook (Ugh!)
– Surfing the Internet
– Driving (guilty!)
– Talking on the Phone
– Vacuuming (just kidding)
Breaking Bad: Eating Mindfully
During a recent vacation with a good friend, she informed me of a book she read: Eating Mindfully by Dr. Susan Albers. Later that day I came across that very book in the hotel gift shop and I took it as a sign to purchase it and commit to actually reading it. I have to admit – I was hesitant at first. I mean, how many times have we been told to chew more slowly and “savor” our food? Blah blah blah.
But I was pleasantly surprised at how effective this book was at nailing the emotional reasons we eat mindlessly and actually giving tools to use that break bad eating habits. This book has helped me become more in tune with my body’s signals on when to eat and when to STOP! Signals that I had become so out of touch with that I can’t even begin to describe.
In fact, I would absolutely go so far as to say that this is as much of a book on how to live more mindfully than just eat more mindfully. An easy read, and a inexpensive tool, I recommend you purchase the newly updated version of the book (the Second Edition) rather than have me go into a full-on book review. Don’t wait one second if you find yourself constantly hungry, unsatisfied, unable to lose weight, and obsessed with when your next meal is coming. And no purchasing this baby on a kindle or other electronic reading device – if you are like me you will find yourself highlighting key areas of the book that “speak” to you and referencing certain pages often. So hard copy is a must!
You can find this book at any book store, but if you prefer to get your internet shopping on, it is also available here at Amazon.com. Just don’t make the purchase while consuming your next meal!