Get your mind into top or­der

Weight loss and health ad­vice, and all the lat­est news from lo­cal slim­ming clubs

Rutherglen Reformer - - Health Matters - Michelle Friel

Mind­ful­ness. What does that mean?

Some peo­ple are able to make time for them­selves, and some peo­ple just do not know how to fit it all in.

Peo­ple who are able to prac­tise mind­ful­ness can have a bet­ter weight loss.

When my mem­bers join Weight Watch­ers, they are not only learn­ing about good and bad food choices, but also how to look af­ter them­selves. It is a holis­tic ap­proach, and that is got to be good for ev­ery­one.

Learn­ing about good v bad food choices is so im­por­tant, but also how to look af­ter our­selves, and how we feel and think, can play a ma­jor part, in en­sur­ing that you achieve a sus­tain­able, and healthy weight loss.

In my meet­ings we have been dis­cussing be­com­ing mind­ful when eat­ing.

Some mem­bers were con­fused at how you could do this, but think how you could take a step back and ap­pre­ci­ate your food a bit more. A lot of my mem­bers said they just eat with­out think­ing, or stand while eat­ing not think­ing about it. Other mem­bers eat food with a tray on their laps watch­ing TV, or sit­ting at the kitchen ta­ble with the TV on.

They are eat­ing with­out think­ing, or not giv­ing their brain time to reg­is­ter that they have ac­tu­ally eaten.

So what can you do to be­come more mind­ful and help your weight loss?

Sit at a ta­ble, if pos­si­ble, with­out any TVs or elec­tri­cals.

While eat­ing, chew your food a lit­tle longer than nor­mal.

Put your knife and fork down be­tween mouth­fuls.

If af­ter your food you still think you are hun­gry wait for 20 min­utes to see if you still feel hun­gry. Have a glass of wa­ter or a piece of fruit af­ter your food. Your brain needs 20 min­utes to reg­is­ter that you are are full.

Th­ese are just a few things to try, and a lot of my mem­bers tried some with suc­cess, so it is worth giv­ing it a go.

If you are look­ing for more help with weight loss, then you are wel­come at my meet­ings at Burn­side Ho­tel, Cam­bus­lang Rugby Club and Fern­hill Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, or con­tact me on 07974 404 974.

Stay mind­ful Michelle says you must work at chang­ing habits to lose weight

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