MINDFUL / CONSCIOUS EATING
What is conscious eating?
Mindful/conscious eating is maintaining an in-the-moment awareness of the food and drink you put into your body. It involves observing how the food makes you feel and the signals your body sends about taste, satisfaction, and fullness.
One of the upcoming terms that we see is Mindful eating. Mindful eating is not about being perfect, always eating the right things, or never allowing yourself to eat on-the-go again. And it is not about establishing strict rules for how many calories you can eat or which foods you have to include or avoid in your diet. It is to maintain an in-the-moment awareness of the foods and beverages you put into your body. It is essential to remember that mindful eating is not a diet but simply a meditation-based lifestyle change. It is said that mindful eating has the capacity to reform one’s depression, anxiety, faulty eating habits, food cravings, eating disorders and weight management.
What is mindful eating?
Mindfulness means focusing on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting your feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations.” The tenets of mindfulness apply to mindful eating as well, but the concept of mindful eating goes beyond the individual. It also encompasses how what you eat affects the world.
Although the ideal mindful-eating food choices are similar to the Mediterranean diet — cantered on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, seeds, nuts, and vegetable oils — the technique can be applied to a cheeseburger and fries. By truly paying attention to the food you eat, you may indulge in these types of foods less often. In essence, mindful eating means being fully attentive to your food — as you buy, prepare, serve, and consume it. However, adopting the practice may take more than a few adjustments in the way you approach meals and snacks.
How can I practice mindful eating?
- Eat more slowly and do not rush your meals.
- Chew thoroughly.
- Eliminate distractions by turning off the TV and putting down your phone.
- Eat in silence.
- Focus on how the food makes you feel.
- Stop eating when you are full.