Mindless Eating

Mindless Eating

Have you ever heard of the term, “mindless eating?” According to the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD), “Mindless eating can occur simply any time that the brain is distracted and the person is not aware of what or how much food he or she is consuming. So how can we become more mindful and less mindless when we eat?

Here are 13 science-backed tips from Healthline to intentionally shift away from mindless eating:

  1. Use visual reminders
  2. Favor smaller packages
  3. Use smaller plates and taller glasses
  4. Decrease variety
  5. Keep some foods out of sight
  6. Increase the inconvenience of eating
  7. Eat slowly
  8. Choose your dining companions wisely
  9. Eat according to your inner clock
  10. Beware of ‘health foods’
  11. Don’t stockpile
  12. Maximize food volume
  13. Unplug while you eat

NCHPAD also shares the following about mindful eating, “the individual is fully aware of the type of food he or she is eating, how much of it, and really savors the flavor.” That sounds fantastic!

If put into practice, which one of the tips above could be most helpful to you?


By Victoria Emmitt RD

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