Hello, I'd like to ask what are your views on mindful eating? Have you ever practiced it for weight loss or just general well-being? Does it work for you?
I have practiced it for 3 years now and lost 8 inches off my waist over the course. I believe it has benefited me because it has basically tackled the problem as to why I was obese in the first place - once I started eating, I couldn't stop. I'm not saying it will work for everyone, but with enough practice, I was able to eat much less and feel genuinely full rather than shovel food down my throat like an automatic machine, barely tasting anything and missing that 'full' signal. For most of my life, I was a very fast eater and it was constantly adding inches to my waist.
BUT... I hate to say this but the reason I was a fast eater is because I don't truly enjoy my food unless I'm shoving in massive portions in my mouth like I haven't eaten for a week! That may sound ridiculous to some people but I swear it is 100% true! I'm not an expert on this subject, I don't know why this is the case but all I can tell you is that despite the mindful eating actually working and allowing me to feel full, I didn't enjoy eating the food as much as I do when I'm shoving it in my mouth like there's no tomorrow.
But I did enjoy the food enough for me to continue the mindful eating and it was such a simple solution to feeling full on less food. So if you're like me, don't think it's the answer to all your problems! Being able to continue this practice for 3 years was a lot down to determination and will power (I don't think you can lose weight without these two qualities). I continue this practice because for me personally, it is a manageable way of being able to keep weight off. I will have the odd day when I go off the rails but will be straight back onto it the next day.
My main question in this post is to ask if any of you have had the same problem? You only enjoy food when you eat fast.. people tell you to slow down but you continue to shovel it in because it's the only way to get that 'hit'. Why is this happening to me? Is it my taste buds... are they not sensitive enough? All my friends are slim and they are all slow eaters, one of them says it's because he 'tastes really well' which was quite interesting to hear.
Sorry for the essay but I feel I have a lot to say on this topic! Hoping to hear your views.