When it comes to food I seem to have quite an addictive personality. I find something that I ABSOLUTELY LOVE, and for a while, I eat loads of it and then after a while I go off it because I have had too much.
A while ago it was almond butter. I had it on everything and the spoons full escalated from teaspoons to tablespoons!
At the moment I seem to be going totally overboard on carrots dipped in tahini and date syrup.
The dip is so easy to make, you just mix the tahini and the syrup in equal parts and give it a stir. It really is an gorgeous combination, try it!
Although carrots are super healthy when I eat 5 raw carrots one after the other it doesn’t do a lot for my digestive system, it really struggles to keep up! I can end up feeling bloated and uncomfortable.
So, as always, I have turned to mindfulness for a solution.
Here are my top 5 tips to avoid binging, because however healthy your choice, too much of anything can have a negative impact!
1) It is all about portion control. Put some thought in before you start and decide how much is OK. Having a rule in place can really help you to stick to a sensible amount. Just taking the time to stop and think helps. It seems to be that when we eat without paying enough attention we slip up.
2) Take your time. Once you have started your food really focus on tasting every mouthful, this way it will last longer and will satisfy you more.
3) Make eating the only activity. Don’t multitask whilst eating otherwise you won’t even know you are doing it. Dedicate your time to that one activity so that you enjoy every part of it. When you move on to your next activity leave eating behind and focus fully on the next thing you are going to do.
4) If you find yourself craving more but you know that you shouldn’t then go and brush your teeth. Changing the taste in your mouth will make a huge difference to your thought patterns.
5) If you still can’t stop thinking about the food you are craving then play a little game with yourself. Decide that you are only going to think about that food and each time your mind wanders bring it back to that food. Before long your mind will be off and thinking about something else completely.
If you would like to use mindfulness to get your eating habits in order then come on a Revitalise Session to address your issues. You will be amazed at the solutions that mindfulness provides.