In the modern world, we often eat for convenience rather than for nutrition. We eat for instant gratification rather than long-term health benefits. Can you imagine learning a new way of eating in which you actually get to experience the tastes and textures of your food rather than wolfing it down in a hurry or snacking on the go?
Mindful eating means taking the time to honor your food by choosing high quality food, preparing it with care, and eating it slowly, using your five senses to really enjoy it.
Eating mindfully helps to:
- Sense intuitively when you are full
- Gain more satisfaction from eating
- Develop a healthy relationship with food
- Discover new tastes and textures
- Improve digestion (less gas and bloating)
- Discover food sensitivities
- Create healthy habits that enliven you
Why should I try it?
I think mindful eating is for everyone, but you should definitely consider it if:
- You get bloated after eating
- You eat just to feel full, not to enjoy the tastes
- You eat to numb out
- You want to learn to enjoy healthy food
- You crave sugar or starchy foods
- You have difficulty focusing (foggy brain)
- You feel lethargic after eating
- You have allergies or hay fever
- You feel addicted to eating foods that aren't healthy for you but you can't stop
- You tend to gain weight easily, especially in your belly
- You have extra pounds that won't come off with diet and exercise.
Mindful Eating Tip: Peace and Quiet
Try allocating quiet time to prepare and enjoy eating your meal without rushing or multitasking at the same time. Mindful eating is a way of saying to yourself, "I respect my body enough to be mindful of what I put into it and of the way I eat." Think of this type of eating as a meditation. It means choosing to be present with your food and the way you eat it.
I hope I've given you enough information to get you thinking about eating mindfully. Want to learn more ? Contact me for a free 20-minute health coaching consultation.
By Cheryl Devine, "Health is Wealth"