Mindless eating often implies “emotional eating” or “stress eating,” and GMM’s sales rep, David Rogers, looks at the link between managing your diet and managing your stress in his thoughts on mindful eating for the average working parent.
Mindful eating to me, as a man over 40, means a simpler approach. With a very scheduled work and personal life my challenge involves a few components: a balance of good nutrition, exercise and stress management.
My job mobility sometimes limits me in having the luxury of prep time. So, mindful eating means packing the correct nutrition for a long day behind the wheel or making smart consistent choices when eating fast food. I try to make time for exercise by parking further away at appointments, taking the stairs whenever possible etc., and I promote these habits with my family by walking or taking bike rides with them at least bi-weekly in our neighborhood. Mindful eating means turning to other outlets like listening to calming music or taking a brisk walk to relieve frustration or anxious feelings instead of snacking, grazing, or binge-eating when times are stressful.
I am a firm believer that you can limit stress-eating if you can count to 10, breathe, and then get your heart rate up.
-David Rogers, GMM Senior Business Development Associate