There are so many diets out there. Vegan, raw, paleo, low carb, high carb, South Beach, Weight Watchers, and on and on and on it goes. Are you sick of dieting? Me too! I’m tired of trying to find the right diet. The diet that will feel like a long lost soul mate.... it will fit perfectly, like a glove. Is there such a thing? I’m starting to feel hopeless.
I have been on diets that make me feel awesome, but most of them are not sustainable long term. And there is always the fact that I, like most people, have a full-time job and can’t spend four hours a day prepping food. Most diets force you to stay away from certain foods to be effective. For me, deprivation has never worked. Once I know, I can’t have something, that’s all I think about.
Okay, so if diets don’t work, what is the answer to feeling great and maintaining a healthy body weight? Is there a way we can stop binging, stress eating and obsessing about food? Is it possible to eat more mindfully? Can we slow down and enjoy what we’re eating instead of stuffing our faces and missing the whole experience? That last question is probably the solution to the problem.
I eat incredibly fast and honestly don’t even know what happened after I’m done. I am always in such a hurry that more times than not, I can’t remember how the food I just ate tasted. Eating mindfully has always been a struggle for me. After a long day at work, all I want to do is sit down in front of the TV and eat dinner with my love. Don’t we all?
I have promised myself time and time again; I am going to say a prayer before every meal. I am going to meditate on what the food is going to provide me nutritionally so I can make better food choices. I am going to eat without distractions. Which leads me to the question... Why do we always need to feel distracted? It’s like sitting with ourselves is too painful. Just having a conversation with our family around the dinner table is too uncomfortable.
I think a lot of my problem is that I am in such a rush and usually incredibly hungry before I eat that I make bad choices and/or overeat. I genuinely believe that slowing down and consciously enjoying my meal is a big part of solving my binge eating. I am not in any way a mindful eater even though I would like to be. I want to slow down. I want to be thankful for the food on my plate. I want just once to not overeat or obsess about food. I want to not care about what I’m having for lunch or dinner.... or breakfast the next day. I just want to be free.
Knowing what you want is the first step. I want freedom. I want freedom. I want to be free from emotional eating. I just want to be free. Do you? If you do, then let’s support and help each other to be more mindful eaters. Let’s be mindful in regards to what our food is doing to our bodies... and this planet. Let’s stop the diet frustration and start to live and love our lives. I’m here for you. I have the same struggles. I am not perfect. But I’m trying. And that’s all we can really ask for in this life, isn't it? Love you guys. Have a great week. Be mindful ;)