Here’s a question I get a lot: how can you measure success on your mindful eating journey besides tracking how much you weigh? Please know this: Mindful eating is not about rapid weight loss. In fact, the focus of mindful eating isn’t specifically about weight loss at all. Rather, mindful eating is about changing your relationship to food and eating. So, if you’re not using the scale to measure your success, how can you measure it? Here are some suggestions:
- How often do you eat without distraction?
- How many times have you noticed that you were full in the middle of a meal and stopped eating?
- How many times have you chosen to eat exactly what you wanted rather than what you thought you should?
- Have you been able to distinguish the difference between thirst and hunger?
- Do you think about what you want to eat before choosing?
- Do you move your body more deliberately now?
- Do you find yourself paying more attention to your life in general?
- Have you developed a meditation practice?
- Do you notice the length of time that you were meditating increasing?
- Do you notice your ability to return back to your breath when your mind wanders increasing?
Put your attention on the new mindful eating habits you are developing and the weight will take care of itself.
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