Mindful Eating (To End Binge Eating)

What’s up, Phoenix? Welcome back to the channel. In this video, we’re going to be talking about
mindful eating. What is mindful eating, how do we mindfully
eat, and what are the benefits of mindful eating? Obviously, mindful eating is the complete
opposite of binge eating, so we’re going to break it down, and I’m going to give you some
steps, some support, and some tools to be able to allow you to embody what mindful eating
actually is, so let’s get started. If you’ve never been here before, welcome. I release these videos every single Thursday
to help you end the battle with food and your body, so if that’s the camp that you’re in,
be sure to subscribe to the channel, hit the bell, so you know when I drop it like it’s
hot. All right, let’s get started. So, what is mindful eating? Essentially, it’s about being mindful while
you eat, but there’s more to that. It’s about understanding why we’re eating,
right? There’s a very particular reason why we eat,
okay? So, if we look at mindful eating as a whole,
what that encompasses, what that means is we have an intention behind why we’re eating. There’s so many reasons why we eat, for health,
for hunger, to enhance the moment, to sabotage, to numb our feelings, to berate ourselves,
all sorts of things, and so mindful eating is being intentional. Why am I putting this food in my mouth right
now? Am I bored? Am I depressed? Am I sad? Am I anxious? Am I stressed out? Do I want to enhance the moment? That’s the piece that I want you to really
understand. There’s no good food and bad food. There’s just food that is for a healthy reason
and food that is not for a healthy reason. I can have a glass of wine to enhance the
moment. It’s not because I want to numb my emotions,
but I’m going to enhance the moment. But if my intention was, “Oh, I’m feeling
so stressed out. I just need wine to numb my feelings,” that’s
different. I want you to think about that. I want you to see that. Also, in order for you to mindfully eat, you
have to slow the heck down. So many people are such quick eaters, right,
just [inaudible 00:02:12], just get it done and get out of there. When I lived in Southeast Asia for a little
while, it was so beautiful to see how intentional those communities were with their food. They breathe. They slow down. They enjoyed it. Here in the Western world, we’re just like,
“Get it in. See you later.” So, allow yourself to have a ritual around
consumption, a ritual around nourishing your body. Take a moment and be grateful that you even
have food to eat. These issues with binge eating, there’s countries
in the world where that’s not even a thing, because they don’t have food, so take time
to slow down and be grateful that you have food, even if you just … Slowing down would
be like step one. Just slow down. Slow right down as you eat, and just appreciate
every single bite. Appreciate how it tastes. Appreciate where it came from. Appreciate the fact that you have the finances
to be able to afford it, to put it in your mouth. Appreciate just the art and the ritual of
consumption. When we add gratitude on that, as well, it
just changes the narrative of the entire thing. So, if your normal way of going about consumption
is from a place of needing to numb, or check out, or go really quickly, just take time,
slow down, and be grateful. The third thing is don’t be distracted while
you eat. The amount of times people, including myself
when I don’t decide to, of I’m writing emails, and then I’m eating, and then I’m writing,
and then I’m on the phone, and then I’m texting, and then I’m doing this thing, and I’m thinking
about this thing. Eliminate distractions and allow food to be
meditative. Again, in a lot of cultures of the world,
it is, and it’s so beautiful. They’re not distracted. They’re connecting with one another. They’re connecting with their food. They’re connecting with their bodies. They’re connecting with how many people it
took to bring this food onto their plate. They’re just breathing. That is so incredibly beautiful, and it does
become a meditative act, versus I just need to eat to get it done and just be done with
it. Use it as a time to have a little bit of a
ceremony. You have to eat, anyways, so what is the quality,
what is the energy that you’re bringing to that thing that you have to do, anyways? We can look at how we do everything and add
in this shift, right? How we take a shower, how we drive, or how
we wash the dishes, it’s things we have to do in our lives anyway, but can we change
our energetics around it, right? So, when we’re having a shower, for instance,
can I be grateful for the fact that I just flick a switch, and I get water, and not just
any kind of water, it’s hot water, and I’ve got soap, and I’ve got this, and I can turn
it off. Why no, if we know being grateful for this
situation or being present elevates our vibration and allows us to feel better, why would we
not choose that, other than the fact that we’re just in fear, trying to think about
the next bad thing that’s going to happen, and then we’re trying to fix the problem that’s
never going to happen? Take time. Slow down. Be grateful. Don’t be distracted when you’re eating. Just be there with the food, and I guarantee
this will be a massive game-changer for you. In a second here, I’m going to share with
you my ninja strategy, the thing that helped me really embody this feeling of mindful eating,
and before I do that, I want to make sure that you are in the Five Day Food Freedom
Challenges. That’s five days where I walk you through
step-by-step-by-step with videos, exercises, meditations, there’s a community that has
already done it, to truly help you understand how to stop using food as a drug, and how
to finally feel connected into your body. So, if you’re not in there, go do that right
now. Go do that right now. All right, so what I found to be so incredibly
useful when I was truly breaking out of the binge eating patterns into using food for
health and hunger is just asking myself in the moment, how do I want to feel after I
eat this, right? I know exactly how I’ll feel when I eat a
double cheeseburger, and I know exactly how I’m going to feel after I have an amazing
green smoothie. So, ask yourself, how do I want to feel? What is that feeling that I want to embody? Just get really clear about that. Get really honest with yourself about that,
because that’ll be your filter for, “Should I have this, or should I not have this?” When you can be clear about the feeling, and
you’re slowing down, you’re being grateful, and you’re not distracted, mindful eating
becomes so much easier and way more enjoyable, because we don’t want that quick get it in,
get it out. I’m distracted. I’m going through … Stop going through the
motions. Enjoy life. Extract those moments that truly matter, and
raise your vibration. So, I hope this was helpful for you. I’m super excited for you to try these tools. I want to know which one out of that was the
most helpful for you. I want you to write in the comments below,
which one are you going to try today? Maybe try them all, whatever, but which one
felt the most exciting for you? Super excited to see how this shifts your
relationship to food. Thank you for being here, and we will see
you next Thursday for another video. Bye for now.

Jerry Heath

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