Wellness Checklist: Mindful Eating

You’re working from home or trying to keep yourself occupied. You’re not necessarily hungry but that bag of chips in the kitchen is on your mind. Giving in to the craving seems harmless but in the grand scheme of your recent snacking trends, it’s a bad idea. Snacking out of boredom or convenience or just to stay awake while working are easy habits to get into when the majority of your time is at home, like many are experiencing now.

Curb your appetite with mindful eating. Slow down. Being mindful and paying attention to the food you consume could help you eat healthier, with more appreciation and intention. Learn how to make every meal a practice of awareness.

Ponder: Before you eat and ask yourself, “Am I really hungry?” Sometimes, we think we’re hungry when we’re actually thirsty or bored or stressed. Check in with yourself and decide if you need nourishment in the form of food or something else.

Appraise: When your food is in front of you, take a moment. How does it look? How does it smell? Do you really want it? Is it more than you need?

Slow: Slow down. Put your fork down between bites. Really chew your food and taste it. Slowing down your eating helps your brain catch up with your stomach.

Savor: Really enjoy your food. How does the texture feel in your mouth? What are all the complex flavors you can taste? Take a moment to savor the satisfaction of each bite.

Stop: Stop when you’re full. Sounds so obvious, right? But hey, cleaning your plate isn’t necessary. By noticing when you’re full and stopping, you may avoid unnecessary calories and indigestion.

Stay healthy, riders! The Metrolink team is rooting for you.

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