Mindful Eating: What is it? How to practice it

Mindfulness means focusing on the present moment. Mindful eating means being fully attentive to the food you eat. It allows you to become aware of the positive and nurture opportunities that are available through food selection. 

There are a variety of approaches to mindful eating. The simplest method is learning to pay attention to what you eat and how you eat.  You can eat anything you want, but you should eat them mindfully. 

Here are some tips on how to practice mindful eating.

  • Show gratitude: Pause for a minute before you start eating. Silently express your gratitude for the opportunity to enjoy delicious food and the companions you are enjoying it with.
  • Be attentive to your plate: When we are distracted, it becomes harder to listen to our body’s signals. With your next meal, try to eat with no screens or other distractions.
  • Eat slowly: Eat slowly and don’t rush your meals. Take breaks during bites, chew more slowly, take a break to breathe, and rate your fullness.

Studies have reported that mindful eating can reduce physiological distress such as depression, anxiety, stress, and eating behaviours.  Mindful eating has also resulted in weight loss in obese people.

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