Tune into your body to control comfort eating
Plus a bonus recipe
Food is not always used to satisfy our physical hunger – many of us also turn to food for comfort, to relieve stress, or as a reward. Today we are going to share our top tips on how to tune into your body and take control of comfort eating.
Think about yourself over the last week – how many meals have you been able to stop and enjoy, distraction free? When we are eating mindfully, it means we are pausing and taking the time to do nothing else but eat. This allows us to savour each bite and pay attention to our natural hunger and listen to cues to know when we are satisfied. Eating in tune with our body is essential to avoid eating for reasons other than genuine hunger. Aim to minimise distractions at mealtimes so you can be present.
Think about your overall health
It is important to consider the whole picture when it comes to healthy living. For example, have you moved your body today? Keeping active supports both our physical and mental health in so many ways. Exercise helps to regulate our digestion and appetite, and our mood is also boosted when we get those endorphins flowing. Even just a walk around the block when feeling stressed during the workday can make the world of difference.
Another great question to ask yourself is ‘have I had enough to drink today?’ Often when we experience those ravenous sugar cravings, we may be dehydrated.
And finally, keep nutritious snack options on hand as you will be much more likely to reach for these if they are there. For example, fresh fruit, nuts, dips and vegetable sticks, wholegrain crackers and smoothies are all delicious options. Try our Carrot Cake Bliss Balls for a delicious snack option!
Find time for the things that bring you joy
It is important to make time for the things you enjoy! This is essential for managing stress and maintaining balance. Read a couple of chapters of your book at lunch time, make a phone call to a friend while out for walk, or play some relaxing music. These things all help us to cope with this current uncertain environment and stay connected!
CARROT CAKE BLISS BALLS
1 medium carrot, peeled, finely grated
1/3 cup walnuts, chopped
1 cup rolled oats
1½ tablespoons nut butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
125g pitted Medjool dates
½ cup shredded coconut
- Place carrot, walnuts and oats in a food processor, and blitz until finely chopped. Add the nut butter, cinnamon and vanilla, then pulse to combine.
- With the processor running, gradually add dates until the mixture is well combined and comes together in a ball.
- Roll the mixture into 16 balls (about 1 tablespoon of mixture per ball). Place the coconut on a large plate; roll bliss balls to lightly coat. Place in an airtight container in the fridge to chill.
Last updated: November 17, 2020 at: 10:39 am