Meditation isn’t about becoming a different person, a new person or even a better person. It’s about training in awareness and getting a healthy sense of perspective. You are not trying to turn off your thoughts or feelings. You are learning to observe them without judgment. Meditation is a powerful tool for self-awareness that can help with food cravings on both the physical and mental levels. We all know how powerful sugar cravings can be, whispering to us like a voice in our ear and an impulse felt in the body too- distracting us from our goals to be healthy and vital. The cycle of trying to resist, then indulging, feeling guilty and even sick, berating ourselves when we know our behavior is not good for us and then setting up the craving pattern to be repeated all over again.
How meditation can stop food cravings?
As per a 2017 study, published in the journal Appetite, practicing mindfulness techniques can help to decrease the intensity of craving and make it easier to resist binge eating. Meditation can slow down the busy mind and calm the nervous system. But meditation is more than just focusing and relaxing. Meditation is designed to do, is to liberate us from patterns that don’t serve us wellbeing.
Here are the 5 ways regular meditation helps break the cravings cycle:
- Enhance positive thinking: Regular meditation increase feelings of happiness, positivity, and resilience. Permanent changes to the left frontal lobe (responsible for positive emotions, creativity, and higher thoughts) and increases in levels of ‘happy hormones’ are two of the documented changes to subjets who regularly enter meditation state.
- Learn to witness your thoughts: During meditation, we consciously cultivate our natural ability to observe our own thoughts processes. This creates the necessary mindfulness to watch when we are forming thoughts around acting on our cravings and nip them in the bud!
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- Create mental clarity: When we meditate, the mind gets clear, becomes calm and refreshed, cognitive reasoning is improved and we tend to reflect on our life purpose and the ‘bigger picture’ more. This helps us to keep perspective on how we want to live life and maintain a connection with our goals, including our wellbeing goals, as we go about our day-to-day.
- Improves body awareness and sensitivity: When we focus on our attention, body scanning techniques, and relaxation practices enhance the mind-body connection. Regular practitioners of yoga and meditation report feeling more in tune with their body and the impact of food on their system improves. This makes our body more sensitive and it becomes harder to overeat which makes us feel great.