Becoming more aware of your eating habits with mindful eating - 21 News Now, More Local News for Youngstown, Ohio -

Becoming more aware of your eating habits with mindful eating

Posted: Updated:

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - It's happened to just about everyone.

"Ok, you get the burger and fries.  You are riding home.  The fries are ice cold, greasy, but you are still eating them.  Why?  Because, you know they are in the bag and you just keep reaching in the bag and eating them," said Humility of Mary Health Partners dietitian Bridget Lackey.

In a world where multi-tasking is the norm, it's easy to get wrapped up into other things besides just what we're eating.  However, Lackey says we must make that the sole focus at mealtime.  We must be present in the moment of eating.

"Enjoy the calories and the food that you are consuming, not just have it be another task I am doing in addition to something else," said Lackey.

For most of us, 50% to 60% of our calories are consumed for emotional reasons, not because we're hungry.  Lackey says it is important to be mindful of why you're eating what you're eating.  She suggests asking yourself the following questions before you sit down to eat:

Why am I eating?
Am I hungry?
Is the food a reward?
Am I eating because I am stressed?
Am I eating because I am bored?

"It can make a big impact, again, because you are just aware of it and looking more at what's behind it, why you're eating.  And, if it does relate back to that 50% or 60% of what we eat is for non- hunger, than that can make a big impact," said Lackey.

If you wish to be more mindful when you're eating, Lackey suggests start by putting all of your focus into one food or one meal a day and build off of it.

  • More From wfmj.comMore>>

  • Ocean crash kills teen pilot seeking world record

    Ocean crash kills teen pilot seeking world record

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 10:03 PM EDT2014-07-24 02:03:01 GMT
    A family spokeswoman says an Indiana teenager was killed when his plane crashed while trying to set a record for an around-the-world flight.More >>
    His pilot's license fresh in his hands, an Indiana teenager set out in June for the adventure of a lifetime: an around-the-world flight with his father designed to break a record and raise money to build schools in his...More >>
  • Ohio veteran cited for ducks hopes for law change

    Ohio veteran cited for ducks hopes for law change

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 9:56 PM EDT2014-07-24 01:56:55 GMT
    COSHOCTON, Ohio (AP) - An Army veteran who says his pet ducks help relieve his post-traumatic stress disorder is now hoping for a change in the Ohio village law that prohibits him from keeping the animals in his backyard. Darin Welker, who served in the Army National Guard, was cited for violating a ban on keeping farm animals in West Lafayette. The village is about 80 miles east of Columbus. Welker and his attorney said Wednesday that village officials are considering the possibility of a n...More >>
    COSHOCTON, Ohio (AP) - An Army veteran who says his pet ducks help relieve his post-traumatic stress disorder is now hoping for a change in the Ohio village law that prohibits him from keeping the animals in his backyard. Darin Welker, who served in the Army National Guard, was cited for violating a ban on keeping farm animals in West Lafayette. The village is about 80 miles east of Columbus. Welker and his attorney said Wednesday that village officials are considering the possibility of a n...More >>
  • More than 500 migrant children sent to Pa.

    More than 500 migrant children sent to Pa.

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 9:31 PM EDT2014-07-24 01:31:15 GMT
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - More than 500 migrant children are being housed in Pennsylvania as federal officials wrestle with a national crisis created by a flood of tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors across the southern U.S. border. State officials confirmed Wednesday that the federal government told them 120 children are in two temporary centers in Bethlehem and Womelsdorf, near Reading. Kait Gillis of the state Department of Public Welfare says the other 386 youngsters are staying with ...More >>
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - More than 500 migrant children are being housed in Pennsylvania as federal officials wrestle with a national crisis created by a flood of tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors across the southern U.S. border. State officials confirmed Wednesday that the federal government told them 120 children are in two temporary centers in Bethlehem and Womelsdorf, near Reading. Kait Gillis of the state Department of Public Welfare says the other 386 youngsters are staying with ...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms