Never Eat Directly From a Bag of Chips and 6 More Ways to Overcome Mindless Eating

How many times have you sat down in front of the TV with a bag of chips for a quick snack only to mindfulness eating quoterealize moments later that you have practically consumed the entire bag?

We’ve all had this happen at some point in our lives. This is just one common example of mindless eating and how it can derail your efforts to get or stay healthy.

The good news is that this problem has several solutions, from not eating directly from the bag to not buying the potato chips in the first place. The one thing that each of these solutions has in common is that they stem from a place of mindfulness.

Mindfulness is the foundation of healthful eating.

What does it mean to be mindful?

Being mindful means being attentive, careful, conscious or aware of something. According Merriam Webster, mindfulness means the practice of maintaining a non-judgmental state of heightened awareness of one’s thoughts emotions or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis. It is a state of awareness.

So why does mindfulness matter when it comes to eating real food? Because when we’re not mindful this happens:

  • We don’t give much thought to what we eat. We do what everyone else does and eat what everyone else eats, whether it’s good for us or not.
  • We don’t listen to what our body is telling us it needs or what it doesn’t like.
  • We fall prey to mindless eating: eating too much or just not paying attention to our food choices.
  • We over-complicate eating when we’re not mindful. We look to fad diets and food gurus to show us the way instead of trusting our guts and tapping into our own wisdom and common sense.

We are all unique genetically and biochemically. What works for one person may not work for you. Mindfulness can be extremely helpful in determining the best diet for you.

6 Ways to be a more mindful eater:

  • Pay attention to how you feel before you eat. Are you hungry, thirsty, or upset?
  • Pay attention to how you feel while you eat. Slow down. Savor your food and notice the flavors. This helps with digestion and keeps you from over-eating because you are aware of when your hunger and taste buds are satisfied.
  • Pay attention to how you feel after you eat. Are you bloated, do you feel like you need to take a nap, are you energized, etc.?
  • Pay attention to the foods that you eat. What’s in your food, where did it come from, what kinds of food do you eat (ex. are you getting enough vegetables or are you chowing down on a lot of processed foods and refined carbohydrates)? Be intentional about your food choices.
  • Pay attention to your thoughts and emotions about food. What’s your mindset around eating? Do you have a positive or negative outlook around eating in general or around eating certain foods?
  • Get clear on your reason and motivation for eating healthfully. Our modern lifestyle presents many challenges to actually consistently eating real whole foods. It takes a bit of grit and a lot of commitment to stay on track.

I would love to hear your thoughts around what mindful eating means to you. Feel free to share your comments below.

About Tiffany deSilva

Hi I'm Tiffany deSilva, MSW, CPC, CHC, Founder of BrightFire Living, LLC. I am a social worker, speaker, author, certified health, wellness and lifestyle coach, certified green living coach and toxic-free consultant. I am passionate about helping women like you to detox each area of your life, safeguard your family's health, and live life fully charged and completely lit up! I am on a mission to empower women and families who are managing food allergies, autoimmune disorders, and other modern chronic health conditions to live a safe, happy, and healthy life that truly lights your fire!

Feedback & Comments:

  1. These are fantastic tips. When we view the food we eat as fuel for our body it creates an internal shift and an external awareness of ways we have not been as good to ourselves as we should be. I find that eating whole, organic foods and eliminating processed foods as much as possible makes me feel better and be more productive.

    Write on!~


  2. Ever since our family read and put into place the eating plan in the book,
    “It Starts With Food” everything has changed. What we purchase, how we
    prepare our food. How we consume our food. As they say in sports, “It is a
    Whole New Ball Game Now!”

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