Mindful eating is not just about taking into consideration what you eat, it's more about how you do it
Eating consciously, diving into the food we are tasting and practicing mindfulness, thus making the act of eating a "sacred" area: these are the advice of Dr. Marilù Mengoni, nutritionist and psychologist, creator of the method of Psychoalimentation, which in this article explains how mindful eating can also help us lose weight and maintain it over time.
Let's start with the cutlery. "It is a term – says the expert – that derives from the Latin" pausare ", or stop, take a break. The name itself should suggest the best use of these tools: to put them down, put them away between bites, so as to allow us to really savor what we have on our plate ". Too bad that often, when we eat in a hurry in front of the PC or at the bar on a lunch break, we are not so present to ourselves, but projected into what we have to do next. A race against time that does not allow us to reflect on the food we are eating and not to pick up those signals that the body sends us to understand if we are full.
First step: eat slowly
The mindfulness diet aims to open a space of awareness to regain a healthy weight and maintain it over time. "In this way – explains the nutritionist and psychologist – you will be able to get in touch with the real flavor, with the savoring, with the pleasure of taste, but also you will feel that what you are eating is slowly becoming part of you, of your body, of your mind, of your thoughts. If you start to savor slowly, you will get more and more in touch with yourself, you will be present to yourself. Life is not always a chase, a gobble, a rush towards an after. There is now, and right here is the body, there are emotions, pleasure. And so over time, once you have re-established this contact, you will also know how much food you really need, you will be able to better translate the signals that your body is sending you: what are the foods you need most and also when it is time to stop because you are full ".
The expert addressed this topic in her book "Slim down with psychoanalysis" (Tecniche Nuove ed.), In which she also provides tips to put into practice immediately to lose weight. These are simple practices that can be performed once a week, but also several times, if over time you feel that you can expand this space. Here's what to do:
And finally… When you are done, look at the empty plate, look up again smiling at whoever is with you, or simply at yourself if you are alone. "Finding a healthy weight (and maintaining it over time) – assures Dr. Mengoni – will be a natural thing, because you will have re-established that dialogue with your body and you will once again be able to understand its vocabulary and receive its messages and above all you will be the perception of the dichotomy, of the separation between body, mind, emotions and spirit dissolved. And everything will turn into a being, full of gratitude ”.