Mindfulness: How to improve your mental and physical health Posted on June 06, 2016 by , 0 comments

Let’s get a little hippie for a moment. Mindfulness has been a buzzword floating around for about a decade. It’s been a little hard to define, and sometimes overused, causing a lot of confusion to arise. It basically means being calmly aware of your present moment without judgment. It’s like saying to yourself, ‘I know why you’re feeling the way you are and that’s okay.’ Another way to define it is like watching your thoughts, emotions, and actions as opposed to being controlled by them.

So how can mindfulness be applied to your physical health? Quite simply, mindful eating is the exact opposite of emotional eating. When you are eating with awareness, your food choices are based on needs, hunger signals, and weight management or health goals. When you are eating emotionally, you are making choices based on emotions that eclipse your body’s needs. If you can master mindfulness when it comes to eating, you can tame your cravings and eliminate the foods and eating behaviors that stand between you and your health or weight loss goals.

Mindfulness takes a bit of practice and a lot of meditation. Most people start with breathing techniques or yoga. The simplest and easiest way to get started is to sit in a quiet space, close your eyes, and focus only on your breath. Notice how the air feels entering your body and how it feels as it leaves. Follow your breath with your mind as if you can visual and see your breath. If a thought occurs to you, simply acknowledge it and let it go. Start by doing five minutes a day and then increase to ten, fifteen, and more until you find a length of time that works for you.

Mindfulness when eating is a bit like a mindfulness meditation. Before choosing what to eat, check into your body and mind the way you do when you meditate on your breath. Separate any emotions you are having, especially stress. Instead, turn your awareness to what your body needs. Are you truly hungry or thirsty? What type of fuel do you need in this present moment? While eating, don’t distract yourself. Focus on what you’re eating and how it feels.

It sounds a little out there, but when you begin to focus on the mind and body connection you can begin to make better food choices and eliminate emotional eating. And of course, adding Body Regime to your daily health routine will help support healthy weight management as well. Body Regime™ is an intelligent blend. 

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For more information about mindfulness, visit http://www.mindful.org/.