The overall goal of mindful eating is to base your food intake on physical cues (i.e. hunger) versus emotional cues. Finding time to slow down during meals and enjoy the food you are eating is very important to
developing a healthy lifestyle. Chew your food a little bit longer than you normally would. This will give your stomach time to tell your brain that it is full, and you might even taste new flavors.
Choose foods from all food groups
Think protein and fiber—Protein and a vegetable. Protein is made up of amino acids, the building blocks of life. Protein helps the body repair and produce new cells, keeps us full aiding in weight control and has a moderate effect on blood sugar. Vegetables such as broccoli, leafy greens, and brussel sprouts are good sources of fiber, and it’s the fiber that keeps you full longer by slowing the digestion of food.
Any change in lifestyle requires planning. Think S.M.A.R.T. when setting your goals. Goals should be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound. Be sure to set smaller, short-term goals along with your long-term goals to ensure continued success. Consider the fact that you may face some setbacks and how you plan to get back on track to achieving your goals.
If you are looking for delicious and dietitian approved meals for home, consider taking part in one of our Simple Fix meal preparation classes. hy-vee.com
Here are our upcoming classes:
Friday, January 19th @ 5:30 p.m.
Friday, January 26th @ 5:30 p.m.
Friday, February 16th @ 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 18th @ 5:30 p.m.
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