Too much of anything can be a bad thing… Including mindful eating.
Don’t get me wrong, I am a big believer in Mindful Eating and I believe that it can work beautifully and compliment Intuitive Eating… But what happens when we take mindfulness and mindful eating to an extreme?
What happens when you have to be mindful about your food all of the time?
When we are so mindful that food and eating are the only focus of the meal?
When we know the exact amount of every food we’ve eaten from cups to tablespoons to the exact count of tortilla chips?
What happens when we take mindful eating and turn it into a form of restriction?
IT’S NO LONGER MINDFUL.
We go from saying we’re being mindful to actually being a slave to the rules and restrictions of yet another diet that we mask with mindfulness… and rules and restrictions are not mindful eating.
Mindful eating is flexible.
You do not have to be mindful when eating 100% of the time.
You can take into consideration the situations when maybe it would be better for our sanity, our self care, our experience to allow for a bit of mindlessness.
Mindful eating takes into account not only what food you are eating or not eating and how it tastes, how our body responds, how it makes us feel (emotionally and physically), but also the experience and the people around you.
Like with all things there are shades of gray.
There is nuance.
I wholeheartedly believe that eating a meal at the table with good conversation and loved ones is one of the greatest regular occasions we can have… but I also know that is not everyone’s experience.
Maybe mindful eating is really hard.
Maybe mindless eating is truly difficult.
Either way I encourage you to lean into the discomfort as you can, because both are part of the human experience. And neither is wrong in it’s own right.
Yes, mindlessly eating at every meal can be problematic, but making mindful eating a rigid experience is too.
So if practicing mindful eating-figure out what works for you.
Maybe breakfast and dinner are distraction free but lunch we tend to work through. Or after a long day we like to watch our favorite show and have a bowl of popcorn.
Find your balance-whatever that means to you.
Amanda is an anti-diet dietitian and nutrition therapist practicing in Bloomington, IN and virtually. If you are looking to work with a dietitian, she is currently accepting new clients. Check out her services or reach out to set up your FREE discovery call today. She would love the opportunity to work with you!