Take a photograph of something that you’re about to eat before you eat it. Look at the photograph and ask yourself, (1) does this food look appetizing (2) is this food that I genuinely want to eat or is it something that I’m eating because it’s available or prescribed, and (3) would I be happy sharing this photograph with someone else?
Many people don’t remember what they eat from day to day unless they are either following a diet plan or they keep a food diary.
People seek me out to lose weight and lose it now! I explain that using a non–diet approach takes longer, but has the potential for better-lasting results.
As a mindful eater, I pay attention to the nutritional value of the food I eat. In my TAME programs, we call that using Outer Guidance. Now I eat foods after I have checked in with myself to be sure that they are the right food, in the right amount, at the right time for me.
Being mindful and developing Inner Wisdom is, in part, knowing how certain foods, certain amounts, and certain combinations affect you. Foods you may think you love may not love you back.
Most people come to mindful eating to lose weight and weight loss is a natural by-product, but it is not the focus. Learning to eat mindfully is learning to accept “what is” without judgment.