Mindful eating is all about knowing the purpose of your food intake in awareness of your surroundings.
Mindful Eating I’d a concept based on this. It is about using mindfulness to reach a state of full attention to your existing experiences, cravings and physical signals while eating.
How to practice mindful eating?
- Eating slowly without distraction.
- Listening to your hunger cues and eating only when your stomach is completely empty.
- Chew thoroughly and eat in silence.
- Eating the right foods to maintain good health and overall fitness.
- Appreciating your food.
- Well differentiating between your true hunger and external situations triggering this hunger.
- Concentrating and engaging all your senses to the color, taste, and smell of the food you are eating.
- Gradually noticing the effect the food has on your physical and mental self.
“Every moment nature is serving fresh dishes with the items of happiness. It is our choice to recognize and taste it.”
― Amit Ray, Mindfulness Living in the Moment – Living in the Breath
Why should you try Mindful Eating?
Today’s society tempts us with a huge variety of food choices. Eating has now become a mindless act as distractions have shifted our attention towards televisions, smartphones, games, computers, etc.
This mindless eating is problematic because you unintentionally eat more than you mindfully eat. Here, your brain realizes much later than usual if you are full.
With the absence of mindful eating, the fullness signals from your stomach may not arrive at the right time. U may receive the signal and by that time you would have already eaten too much. This usually happens in Binge Eating.
When eating mindfully, you naturally slow down, pay attention to what you are doing and making it an intentional process than an automatic act
What not, you can clearly find your true hunger cues and fullness when you are in complete recognition of your eating. You also increase your awareness of triggers that make you want to eat, even though you’re not necessarily hungry.
These triggers can create a space between them and you can take your time to react to it wisely.
Mindful eating gives you results on simple things that we push ourselves to work on.
Just relax and be attentive to your eating habits.