We're well over the Christmas food frenzy and roughly at the stage where the New Year's diet and healthy living regime starts to go a bit awry. There has to be a better approach.

Fortunately there is. Most of us know that diets usually fail, so we need a strategy for eating the right amount. This starts with attitude, not appetite. That attitude includes being able to enjoy your food while having the confidence to say ‘enough’.

Here are some ideas on mindful eating. The main concept is to make food a happy part of life, not the ruler of your life.


Busy lifestyles and too many distractions have turned too many of us into guzzlers. We don’t notice what we are eating and so we tend to eat too much. So slow down, put the screen away and take time to savour the taste of your food.


Self-control is difficult when you are really hungry, which is why you should never go food shopping with an empty stomach. If food will take a while, make yourself a quickly prepared starter. By the time the main course is ready, you’ll find it much easier not to load your plate.


Humans have equated food with socialising ever since the caves. A shared meal is a chance to stop rushing about and to enjoy each other’s company. Chatting also slows down eating, which gives your stomach a chance to tell your brain ‘that’s enough’. Save your waistline, lunch with a friend!


There’s nothing wrong with a real feast every now and then. Appreciate it as a treat, and enjoy it. No-one likes a food bore, so don’t be the one saying or thinking ‘I shouldn’t have eaten that’. Guilt never helps anyone, so don’t let it take you over. 

If you slip up occasionally, don't write the rest of the day off - a few chocolate biscuits doesn't give you carte blanche to spend the rest of the day eating ice cream and cheese. 

Enjoy your eating, balance it with some sociable exercise and take pleasure in your healthy lifestyle. Now that’s a new year resolution to make with pride.



The Author

Jessica Ward

Jessica lives in South West London. Boxercise, yoga, pilates, weight training and long distance running are her main interests.


Joseph M.
9 February 2016

Joseph M.

Mindful eating can make a real difference and it starts with just slowing down like so many others have said. Thinking about what you're eating and listening to your body helps you to work out when you know you're full! It can take some practice though.

Mike D.
7 February 2016

Mike D.

SLowing down eating is a good tip, but very hard to do when you're grabbing and running on the go. I have good intentions but they tend to go out of the window when I'm busy. Saying that, I eat less when I'm busy anyway so maybe that's another way to stop overeating!

Trevor D.
6 February 2016

Trevor D.

paying attention to what we eat is a really good one. I resolve to switch off the phone!

Sarah L.
5 February 2016

Sarah L.

and that is why I detest all the 'naughty' and ' I shouldn't have' - just for people like Sasha. Food is good! Like all good things, we mustn't have too much. Life is all about balance.

Sasha B.
3 February 2016

Sasha B.

I would thoroughly agree with all these great tips. I would particularly agree with the final tip of not having food guilt. I had a yo-yo pattern of dieting and binge-eating as a teenager and this was brought on by the presumption that because I had eaten 1 biscuit I had then ruined my diet so should eat 10 biscuits and start the diet again he next day. Not a healthy attitude, and thankfully one I no longer carry around with me.

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