What is Mindful Eating?
What is this and how can it benefit us?
Mindful eating is paying attention to what we are eating on purpose without judgement. In essence, mindful eating means being fully attentive to your food—as you buy, prepare, serve, and consume it.
It’s an approach to food and eating that focuses on awareness and the experience of eating rather than judgement, restricting, rules or counting.
Sounds awesome right?
I agree. This practice of mindful eating can take a bit to adapt to and that’s okay. That’s why it’s a practice. Do your best, make a few adjustments on the way and be compassionate with yourself.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
While you eat, tune into your senses, savour your food and try going off autopilot and be all in with what you are tasting
Notice your hunger and/or appetite to build awareness
Try eating slower or eating in silence or with quiet music or in nature
Appreciate your food and where it came from
Mindful eating will help transform our relationship with food over time from a holistic point of view.
It will help us understand what foods make us feel good, which ones nourish us, help us to appreciate our food while also building new freedom around food as we let go of the rules and judgement we once had.
What mindful eating isn't?
no counting or calculating numbers of any kind
not a diet
not a fad nor a quick fix for anything
Mindful eating can be used as a guide to help you invite you back into the present and improve your awareness about what you and your body want and need regarding food, pleasure, etc. The focus is no longer on rules, restrictions, eliminating foods or on your weight as a goal.
When we are more aware of what we are eating and how we feel before, during and after we might be more empowered to make choices that are better for us or continue to make choices that nourish us. When we are more aware of our patterns of eating and have gained this clarity in this calmer mindset, we can be more compassionate with ourselves on the days when we find ourselves leaning on food for emotional reasons.
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