7 Tips For Starting A Healthy Eating Plan With Mindful Dieting
Weight loss is a common Law of Attraction goal. Have you struggled to stay slim your whole life, and now you finally see a way of achieving this by using manifestation techniques?
This is certainly possible. However, it requires looking past the mere desire for physical changes and focusing in on the way the mind impacts the body. Creating a healthy eating plan does not just have to be a temporary change for weight loss, but instead a brand new lifestyle choice.
For example, the food cravings that you experience are often triggered by emotional cues. Alternatively, caused by learned connections between certain tastes and activities. In other words, you effectively have to relearn the habit of eating only when you’re genuinely hungry. You’re most likely to leave the habit of overeating behind if you cultivate a mindful approach to healthy eating and dieting.
Here are seven tips to help you get started with healthy eating.
As it stands, you might get cravings confused with real hunger on a regular basis. So, how do you reliably tell the difference?
The main thing to remember is that if you’re genuinely hungry then you’ll want to eat pretty much any kind of food. We all have a physiological need for nourishment, so it should be relatively easy to satisfy. Plus, you’ll stop eating when that need is met.
On the other hand, cravings are about feeling hungry for a specific food and have no physiologically determined upper limit that will necessarily lead you to stop eating.
Drink Before Eating SnacksWhen you’re tempted to eat something between meals, reach for liquid before food. Ideally, try drinking a couple of glasses of water and then see if you still want to eat about 15 minutes later. Our bodies often get confused about whether we’re hungry or thirsty, so you may find that the glasses of water actually satiate you.
Now, if you still feel the need to eat after the 15 minutes have passed, reach for healthy snacks instead of junk. Good examples include vegetables, fruit, or plain yogurt. As well as being better for you, these types of healthy foods help you to feel satisfied for longer (reducing your urge to snack again).
Craving-Proof Your HomeIf you don’t have easy access to the foods you crave, it stands to reason that you’ll be less likely to overeat. However, you’ll also train your mind to think less often about these foods. You’ll slowly start to encourage your brain to associate the idea of eating with healthier sources of nutrition.
Once you have a more mindful attitude to dieting, you can reintroduce a wider variety of (small) snacks at a later date.
Restrict Food ChoicesWhen you’re presented with a massive buffet of different foods, it’s very easy to eat far too much. Research on weight gain proves this association. The more variety provided, the more likely the person is to gain body fat.
You can combat this issue by cutting back on the food choices you have at your biggest meal (which is most likely dinner).
Load Up With Vegetables And Other Healthy Food OptionsIt makes sense that you probably associate the idea of dieting with removing food choices, but in truth, it can also be about adding healthier foods.
In particular, it’s an excellent idea to make vegetables a staple part of your main meals (and to use them to create snacks as well). These healthy foods are high in fiber, dense in vitamins and minerals, and help you feel full and satisfied for longer than sugary treats.
Have More MealsOn the theme of additions, it’s also worth thinking about changing your approach to meal structure if you want to promote healthy eating.
While it’s traditional to eat three large meals a day, some people find that they lose weight if they change to, say, five smaller meals per day. The rationale here is that you’ll feel full more of the time (thereby reducing the urge to snack). You’ll also boost your metabolism, helping your body burn more calories at a faster rate.
Use Mindfulness TechniquesFinally, you’ll likely already be practicing some mindfulness technique as part of your Law of Attraction work. The good news is that this skillset is readily applicable to your more specific goal of weight loss as well. For example, you might try doing a straightforward mindfulness meditation for 5-10 minutes (perhaps a body scanning exercise or one that simply focuses on your breathing) before you go to the table to have your meal.
Alternatively, when you have an urgent need to counteract a craving, you could try visualizing yourself as full and satiated for 10 minutes and then ask yourself if you’re really hungry.
In addition, be sure to keep up with your regular creative visualizations about weight loss. These could better connect you with the reasons why you are on this journey to begin with. Find out how to start using visualization techniques and exercises mentioned throughout this article with our free tool kit, click here now.