Are you a restrictive eater, an overeater or an instinctive eater?
This past weekend my sister and I visited the fitness resort and spa, Red Mountain Resort, in St. George, Utah. We had a fantastic time! There were lots of fun activities, beautiful scenery on our guided hikes (like the picture here shows) and delicious, healthy food. I definitely recommend the place!
While we were there they held a class on Mindful eating. I learned a couple interesting ideas that I want to share with you. The presentation was created by Michelle May, M.D. who works at the resort and is the author of the book, Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat: How to Break the Eat-Repent-Repeat Cycle.
In the presentation we learned about the three different types of eaters. Which of the following are you?
Restrictive Eaters (Serial Dieters)
Overeater (Struggles with eating too much)
Any guesses which is the best type of eater to be? If you guessed Instinctive Eater, you are correct! Is there anyone in your life who you would consider to be an Instinctive Eater? If so, are there any specific habits they have, when it comes to food, that you could learn from and emulate to move you toward this more healthy profile?
The second great idea I want to share is a way we can be more Mindful about the decision to eat or not - avoiding the habit of just reacting whenever our minds tell us we are hungry. This process can help us to avoid eating too frequently for emotional reasons.
Mindful Eating Decision Process
1. Desire to Eat Trigger
2. Pause (don’t not react automatically)
3. Ask yourself, “Why am I thinking about food?” is it because of
5. If you determine that it is because you are hungry then use the Hunger and Fullness Scale below to determine how hungry you are and what your body needs at this moment to be satisfied or full
The Hunger and Fullness Scale
Try this Mindful Eating Decision Process the next time you have a desire to eat.
I hope you found these ideas helpful!
Wishing you success in all aspects of life,
Founder and President
Smart Health Wellness and Performance