Suraj Ray

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So when was the last time you saw an apple with curiosity as if it’s the first time? You held it firm, appreciated its redness, its smoothness, and with the first bite heard the sound of the crunch, felt the small grains like texture dissolving in your mouth, giving you a fresh and juicy taste. Well it’s a short 3 line narration of a momentary action, and why am I bothering you with this and what significance does it have? Let’s review the action with a different approach. You grab an apple, put on your earphones, started watching the web series or a movie and in no time the apple is reduced to seeds, without you realizing any feature of the apple and searching for the next item to munch on. The first approach is called “Mindfulness” and the latter is problematic eating behavior. Mindfulness is an approach where one is completely aware and conscious of the action which is being performed by understanding the feeling and the feedback of the action. We love to eat comfort food, whenever we are exposed to stressful or emotional feeling; we tend to reward ourselves with comfort food. This approach going ahead leads to eating disorders like binge eating, resulting in weight gain, and with that, a hell lot of problem begins. Due to the problematic eating behavior, we are unable to differentiate between different cues of hunger, emotion, etc. Which make us eat more calorie-dense food in every other situation. Mindfulness approach can help us to understand and get conscious about our habitual patterns like our thoughts, emotions, and behavior. A conscious and better understanding of such habitual pattern can help us manage the emotional, stressful reactions/urges of the body, instead of automatically restoring to food for managing them. It increases our sensitivity towards the hunger, satiety cues, pace of eating, the food environment and characteristics, thereby making our attitude better towards our food and environment. People practicing it have reported a decrease in binge eating behavior and improvement in psychological health with a decrease in the rate of depression, anxiety and better quality of life. Mindfulness-based practice can be a potential strategy for weight management but it itself alone can’t promise weight loss. Following a structured diet plan along with a mindfulness approach can help in weight reduction and fixing the connection in our psychological level which can help us in managing our weight and health in the long run. Such an approach can also be implemented in other activities like physical workout or training, which can help in understanding the technique and form of the workout and better mind-muscle connection. Well there is a lot more to it, the more we practice the more we will experience and the more we will know. Some more findings about it will be covered in upcoming write-ups, till then have a good understanding of the first paragraph of the article and start with having a meal with mindfulness everyday.
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