Are You Trapped In a Cycle of Mindless Munching? 5 Common Signs

Thursday, November 29, 2012

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Have you ever sat down to watch TV only to notice a few minutes later that the bag of chips or pint of ice cream was completely empty? If so, then it’s likely you’ve experienced “mindless munching!”

Mindless munching usually means eating without paying attention to what or how much you’re eating.

Common signs of mindless munching include:

  1. Eating when bored, stressed, craving a cigarette, or simply because the food is there.

  2. Snacking while preparing meals—someone has to taste test!

  3. Multi-tasking eating—mixing eating with working, checking email, etc.

  4. Distracted eating—eating while driving or watching TV.

  5. “Cleaning” your plate—even when you’re no longer hungry.

Is there an alternative? Yes! Try out the practice of mindful eating for preparing, choosing, and eating with awareness.




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