While it can be helpful if you are trying to lose weight, the practice of mindful eating isn’t just for those who are interested in a weight loss retreat. In the age of constant distraction and motion, when so many of us barely have time to even dream of a Florida retreat, mindful eating can benefit all of us.
“Mindful eating is about developing awareness of your experiences, physical cues, and feelings about food,” the folks at Healthline say.
You don’t need to head out on a wellness retreat to start eating mindfully. Among other things, Healthline says the practice of mindful eating involves the following:
- eating slowly and without distraction
- taking time to appreciate your food
- engaging your senses by noticing colors, smells, sounds, textures, and flavors
- listening to physical hunger cues and eating only until you’re full
“Eating has become a mindless act, often done quickly. This can be problematic, since it takes your brain up to 20 minutes to realize you’re full,” Healthline’s Mindful Eating 101 — A Beginner’s Guide explains. “If you eat too fast, the fullness signal may not arrive until you have already eaten too much.”
With mindful eating, the act of eating becomes more intentional. Instead of allowing yourself to be distracted by your cell phone or computer, you focus your attention on really tasting your food, appreciating the color of your vegetables and fruits and experiencing the way the food you are eating makes your body feel.
“By eating mindfully, you restore your attention and slow down, making eating an intentional act instead of an automatic one. What’s more, by increasing your recognition of physical hunger and fullness cues, you are able to distinguish between emotional and true, physical hunger. You also increase your awareness of triggers that make you want to eat, even though you’re not necessarily hungry. By knowing your triggers, you can create a space between them and your response, giving you the time and freedom to choose how to react.”
Just imagine what is possible if you combine the practice of mindful eating with the benefits you’ll gain at an all-inclusive wellness retreat – including a vegetarian weight loss plan – in Florida with Balance for Life Retreats!
When most people think about wellness, they usually turn their focus inward. But the people, places and things you surround yourself with are also important to your wellbeing. That’s why we chose to base our holistic health retreats in Deerfield Beach, Florida.
Deerfield Beach, which is located in southeast Florida, is an ideal wellness vacation destination!
The city’s beach is beautiful and has been designated by the Clean Beach Council as a Blue Wave beach. The Blue Wave program is the first national environmental certification for beaches. To be certified, a beach must not only be clean, it must also be managed with a focus on both human and environmental health.
The Blue Wave Campaign, which established 22 criteria that are used in certifying beaches, aims to promote beaches that are managed to protect their natural assets as well as to assist in identifying the nation’s cleanest and safest beaches for vacationers. We feel the certification process is especially relevant for those seeking a wellness retreat! Among the qualities that helped the beach in Deerfield earn the prestigious designation were:
- the excellent water quality
- beach conditions
- safety services
- public information and
- habitat conservation policies
And unlike a day at the beach in South Beach or Fort Lauderdale, you can enjoy the beaches in Deerfield without being bothered by large crowds!
A Florida Retreat in Deerfield Beach
In addition to its exceptional beach, Deerfield Beach offers attractive shopping and entertainment opportunities – including the longest “cable ski” courses in the nation, which is located at Quiet Waters Park. A hybrid of surfing, skiing and wakeboarding, cable skiing is rapidly growing in popularity, and you can try it at the park’s 2,700-foot oval course.
Our health and fitness retreats are based at the oceanside Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort, where the guest rooms and suites boast panoramic views of the ocean or the city from floor-to-ceiling windows. When you’re not learning about the benefits of water fasting or a juice cleansing program, you’ll find yourself just footsteps from the white sands of that gorgeous beach as well as Deerfield’s famous fishing pier, and within an easy stroll of more than a dozen local sights, shops, restaurants, and outdoor adventures.