Why eat Mindfully?
Mindful eating is learning to pay attention; it is a form of meditation. Instead of eating mindlessly, putting food into your mouth almost unconsciously, not really tasting the food you’re eating … you notice your thoughts, feelings, and sensations.
What is Mindful Eating?
Fundamentally, mindful eating involves:
- Eating slowly and without distraction.
- Listening to physical hunger cues and eating only until you’re full.
- Distinguishing between actual hunger and non-hunger triggers for eating.
- Engaging your senses by noticing colors, smells, sounds, textures and tastes.
- Eating to maintain overall health and well-being.
- Noticing the effects food has on your feelings and body.
- Appreciating your food.
How To Practice Mindful Eating
There are many simple ways to get started, some of which can have powerful benefits on their own:
Do not rush meals.
Chew thoroughly, notice the taste, feel, sound, and smell of the food.
Turn off the TV, computer, your phone.
Eat in silence.
Focus on how the food makes you feel.
Stop eating when you’re full.
Ask yourself why you’re eating. Are you actually hungry? Is it healthy?
To begin with, it is a good idea to pick one meal per day, to focus on these points.