How To Avoid Overeating In Quarantine

You are what you eat.
by Ian Vill

As a shared global experience, the coronavirus health crisis is unmatched in history. It is only through moving mindfully through these strange new times that we can successfully navigate through this hurdle, to face better days ahead.

Amidst all this, food may be occupying more than its usual share of headspace among people today. This is not surprising, given the multifaceted role that food plays in our lives:  It sustains us, it comforts us, and it brings us together.

While food may be a source of comfort and connection for people during turbulent times, it is also prudent for us to settle into fresher perspectives when it comes to how we view eating and snacking. Mindful Snacking transforms our perceptions about eating as a mechanical response to hunger by focusing on the how’s and whys of eating. This mindset isn’t about resistance or restriction, it’s about bringing awareness into the aspect of eating. “Mindful Snacking is an approach that encourages you to eat with attention and to be present in every moment,” says Toff Rada, CGA Country Manager of Mondelez Philippines.

Quite simply, mindful snacking is a kinder and gentler approach to eating. It entails reconnecting with our senses and paying full attention to what we are eating. Snacking this way allows us to savor the flavors, aromas, and textures of the food we consume, cultivating a better sensation of the food we ingest and our experience of it.

With Mindful Snacking, we allow ourselves to be re-acquainted with the pleasure of eating, leading to more satisfying snacking moments and a more positive relationship with food. These days we may get the tendency to binge and overeat to make ourselves feel better. Mindful Snacking tells us that we should be conscious of what we eat, how we eat and why we eat.



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