Tips for Breaking the Mindless Eating Cycle

Mindless Eating Cycle

Overindulging, emotional eating, being “stuck” in destructive eating patterns — these are all symptoms of the “Eat, Repent, Repeat” Cycle that cause so many of us to get off track from our weight management plan.

Although habits can be hard to break, taking the time to practice mindful behaviors can steer you back in the right direction! Break the patterns you’re so used to repeating with these tips.

Overcoming Mindless Eating: Rise to the Challenge

  • Identify Your Triggers – Triggers have no power by themselves; It’s up to YOU to flip the switch! What factors trigger you to eat? Tip: Consider your environment, your emotions and behaviors. 
  • Ask Yourself Important Questions – Am I actually hungry? What do I want? What do I need? What do I have? Answering these questions can shape the foods you eat and how you eat them.
  • Truly Enjoy Your Food – Taking small bites and eating slowly can help you enjoy the experience of eating food. You should eat what you love and LOVE what you eat!
  • Remember Food’s Purpose – Food is meant to fuel your vibrant, full life and give you energy to accomplish all the things you want/need to do. Knowing this can help you make conscious choices.
  • Listen to Your Body When You Eat – For most people, your body will tell you when it’s had enough. Let it help you find the balance between hunger and satiety.
  • Live Your Life – The more you live your life, the less you’ll need food or rely on it to fill any holes.

Yes, you CAN break those habits holding you back! By slowing down to listen to your body, heart and brain, you’ll find that it’s easier to make conscious and healthy choices. Mindful eating, or eating with intention (purpose) and attention (tuning in to the experience) can free you from the “Eat, Repent, Repeat” Cycle!

Want to Learn More about Breaking Unhealthy Patterns?

You can view the full video from the 2014 Your Weight Matters National Convention, presented by Michelle May, MD., by CLICKING HERE.

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