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pancakes shaped like Mickey MouseA tip from Human Resources suggests ways to become a mindful eater.

Message offers tips for mindful eating

When we feel anxious, angry, sad, or lonely, we may turn to food for comfort, but that can provide only temporary relief, advises Human Resources in a message sent Monday to UWindsor staff and faculty.

It suggests tips from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada to help refocus your eating patterns and become a mindful eater:

  • Write it down. Start a food and mood journal to keep track of what and how much you eat, and how you are feeling when you eat.
  • Break the cycle. If you identify a negative pattern, take steps to change it.
  • Ditch the distractions. When you are eating, turn off all screens and focus on your food to enjoy every bite.
  • Rate then bite. Are you really hungry or just bored?
  • Go slow. Changing longstanding habits takes time and commitment.

Learn how to break the habit of stress-eating in the Wellness Tip of the Week.