It’s not uncommon for many of us to use our phone, watch television, read or just not pay attention while we eat a meal.
This behavior can lead to mindless eating, or the lack of awareness of eating and of the food we consume.
Mindful eating, on the other hand, consists of fully acknowledging the food we eat and bringing all of our senses into the meal. This includes listening to body sensations, thoughts and feelings that we have while preparing and eating food. By being totally aware, we are more likely to make healthier food choices that support our well-being.
Practicing mindful eating on a regular basis will also make eating experiences unique and more pleasurable since we allow ourselves to have a deeper connection and understanding with food and our body. In addition, people who practice mindful eating are less likely to eat in excess and to have a more positive self esteem.
Some tips to eat mindfully:
- Be aware of the moment and bring all your senses to the meal.
- Avoid using electronic devices, such as phones, and make sure you are fully aware in order to avoid distractions that might lead to eating without paying attention.
- Listen to your body’s needs and make sure you eat when you are actually hungry versus when you feel stressed or anxious.
- Plan meals and snacks for every 3 – 5 hours to avoid getting very hungry. When you are too hungry, it is almost impossible to stop eating before you’ve had too much.