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Mindful eating or eating with intention and attention can be a helpful strategy to better manage your food intake and enhance your overall diabetes management. By paying attention to the decisions made around food, it can have significant impact on making healthier food decisions, increase satisfaction with food choices, and even assist with eating less food overall which, are often challenges for those with diabetes.
Food is easily available and often used as a way of coping with stress and difficult situations. Many people who struggle with diabetes have unresolved food related issues. When people are diagnosed with diabetes, the relationship with food gets further strained with added pressure to change eating behavior for managing diabetes. This pressure creates the perfect storm for mindless eating decisions and overeating.
Learning to be more mindful can allow us to pause and think through a situation rather than be reactive. Here are the principles of mindfulness and considerations that may help with diabetes self- care.
Principles of Mindfulness:
Mindful Eating is:
Someone Who Eats Mindfully:
Here are a few strategies for increasing awareness
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Most recent update: 10/16/2017
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