Healthy Living – Using Mindful Eating and Technology to Get More From Your Meals

Mindful eating is the practice of thinking about what you are eating and why you are eating it. It requires…

  • deep thought,
  • appreciation of food, and
  • self-awareness.

Many people use mindful eating to check in with themselves before eating to make sure they are hungry or if they are just bored, tired, sad, etc. Others use mindful eating to appreciate where their food came from and how it got to their dinner table. However you use mindful eating, it can be incredibly eye-opening and life-changing. It may even help you realize you are not hungry for that unhealthy food you thought you wanted.Mindful eating asks you to identify your emotions before digging in. The intention is to increase your awareness of the present. Doing so eliminates worries and the possibility of overeating the wrong foods. Mindful eating activates all the senses. Touch and feel your food. Smell and taste it. Spend time examining how it looks. Doing so will not only slow down your eating, it will teach you to appreciate what you are about to consume. You may even enjoy it more!

So, are you ready to try but unsure where to start? There is an app for that. And it’s brilliant…

  • Headspace is a free app created by meditation and mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe to help you slow down and think about your food. The Headspace app was designed to reduce stress and anxiety, and promote creativity, focus, and health. more about  healthy living

The free app guides you through different meditation techniques in as little as 10 minutes a day. It can be downloaded onto your phone or computer. You can choose from the topics of…

  • health,
  • performance, and
  • relationships.

Let us face it – these three topics have a great influence on the foods we chose to eat. Get these under control and your eating habits will also improve.

The Headspace app transforms your brain by teaching it how to relax, which can help increase focus and manage…

  • stress,
  • unhealthy eating,
  • sleep patterns, and
  • toxic relationships, including the relationship you have with yourself.

The app features a quick start-up guide, all the technical support you may need, as well as fun visuals and an exciting website. Have a question? You can even ask Andy himself!Meditation and mindful eating go hand-in-hand. Use the Headspace app to teach yourself how to connect with your emotions. Doing so will show you about yourself and how to work your way out of less than ideal situations. Headspace users have claimed to have…

  • a better sense of gratitude,
  • an increase in athletic and career performances,
  • managed to rid themselves of cobwebs and empty thoughts,
  • managed to sober up,
  • to better cope with illnesses such as cancer,
  • gain control of their mind again, and
  • promote calmness.

Imagine using your new found brain control to assist with your food intake. We could all stand to be a little more patient, a little less anxious, and be somewhat more appreciative.

Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.