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3 Mindful Tips to Change your Relationship with Food

Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Written by Live Life Get Active
Category: Nutrition

Distraction Can Mean Overeating!

Are you constantly asking yourself “why can’t I just have one piece of chocolate instead of devouring the entire block?” or “where did that giant bowl of pasta go? I barely remember eating it?”

We live in a world where we are always on the go, distracted by technology and worrying about the future. In other words, we are rarely living in the present moment.

When it comes to food, this means we can easily devour that block of chocolate and bowl of pasta while at work, distracted by the TV or scrolling through social media without even realising how much we have eaten and probably without even noticing the taste.

It’s already easy enough to keep shovelling down snacks that feel ‘addictive’ because of the high amounts of sugar and salt in them. If you’re also distracted by other things, then you’re probably mindlessly eating through your food, without even realising how much you’ve demolished!

These three simple and mindful changes, can make the world of difference to how much you eat:

Eat without your phone, TV, and computer distracting you.

Removing external distractions will help you focus on what you’re eating and how much you’re eating. This will help prevent you from mindlessly inhaling your meal or snacks.

Eat slowly

It takes a while for our bodies to register that we are full. If you eat slowly you will notice when you‘re starting to become full and less likely to overeat. Eating slowly will also make the whole experience more enjoyable as you will notice and taste the flavours more.

Focus only on your food and it’s flavours

If you can focus on nothing else but what you’re eating right in front of you, you will suddenly notice how many different flavours and textures your food has. It will make it that much more delicious as well as help slow you down.

Enjoy that special moment between you and your food!

Weekly Recipe

Check out this week’s super healthy recipe for you eat mindfully and notice the different flavours and textures from it’s tasty vegetables and spices!

Time: 40mins  Serves: 2 Cost: $7approx ($3.50/serve)

  • 1 eggplant
  • 1 zucchini
  • 2 crushed garlic cloves
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 TBSP curry powder
  • ½ TBSP cumin
  • ½ TBSP paprika
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 can cannellini beans
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • Greek yoghurt and fresh parsley to serve

Method

  1. slice eggplant and zucchini 1-2cm thick.
  2. heat olive oil on a medium heat in a large fry pan.
  3. cook eggplant 4 minutes each side and zucchini 2 minutes each side, until browned (this may need to be done in a couple of batches).
  4. add crushed garlic, canned tomatoes, curry powder, cumin, paprika, cinnamon, beans and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  5. mix together, cover, then let simmer for 15 -20 minutes until vegies are tender.

Serve with fresh Greek yoghurt and fresh parsley!

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